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Headword: *me/ldontes
Adler number: mu,471
Translated headword: melting down
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning they who are] dissolving, boiling. "Melting down oxen's entrails,"[1] that is boiling [them].
Also [sc. attested is the phrase], "[one who is] melting down (meldo/menos) fats." Meaning melting (me/ldwn) the fats.[2]
Greek Original:
*me/ldontes: th/kontes, e(/yontes. ge/nta bow=n me/ldontes, toute/stin e(/yontes. kai/, kni/sh meldo/menos. a)nti\ tou= me/ldwn ta\ kni/sh.
The headword me/ldontes -- presumably extracted from the first quotation given (which is its only attestation outside the Suda) -- is the present active participle, masculine nominative plural, of the verb me/ldw, I soften by melting (web address 1 below). See also mu 470.
[1] Callimachus, Hecale fr. 322 Pfeiffer.
[2] Homer, Iliad 21.363 (web address 2 below). There, and again here, the participle (masculine nominative singular) is middle voice, meldo/menos. The Suda's gloss uses the active form, me/ldwn. The gloss is similar to that of Aristonicus (see Dickey 2007, pp.18-19) in the scholia ad loc.: *)Aristo/nikos o(/ti a)nti\ tou= me/ldwn, th/kwn "Aristonicus [explained] that [meldo/menos is written] for me/ldwn [or] th/kwn." Note also that the Suda entry uses kni/sh (neuter plural accusative) rather than kni/shn (feminine singular accusative). The feminine form was found in editions going back to Aristarchus (and now in the TLG). Cf. scholia ad loc.: *)Ari/starxos kai\ h( *Kallistra/tou su\n tw=| n kni/shn "Aristarchus and [the edition] of Kallistratos [write] kni/shn with a n. On fat, cf. kappa 1876, kappa 1877.
Dickey, E. 2007. Ancient Greek Scholarship. Oxford
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Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; food; poetry; zoology
Translated by: Kyle Helms on 13 May 2009@10:36:09.
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Catharine Roth (cosmetics) on 13 May 2009@19:15:41.
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