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Headword: *)wdw/dei
Adler number: omega,30
Translated headword: used to reek, used to smell
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning he/she/it] used to have the air.
Greek Original:
*)wdw/dei: e)/pnei.
Both of these verbs can refer to either pleasant or unpleasant smells; see web address 1 and web address 2 for their LSJ entries.
The headword w)dw/dei is the pluperfect -- functioning as an imperfect -- of o)/zw (omicron 73), which like English "to smell" can be transitive or intransitive. The gloss e)/pnei is the imperfect of pne/w; this use of the imperfect suggests that the scent continues to waft up from the smelly object, since the basic meaning of pne/w is "blow."
The headword is almost certainly taken from Athenaeus, Deipnosophists 2.39C [2.9 Kaibel] (= Greek Anthology 13.29), the epigram about the bibulous Athenian comic poet Cratinus (kappa 2344), who 'used to reek of every cask'.
Associated internet addresses:
Web address 1,
Web address 2
Keywords: biography; comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; food; poetry
Translated by: Timothy McGovern on 17 April 2000@01:06:52.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented note; added keywords; cosmetics) on 22 December 2002@07:51:45.
Catharine Roth (cosmetics) on 5 September 2007@22:52:34.
David Whitehead (tweaks and cosmetics) on 8 August 2011@06:48:56.
David Whitehead on 30 October 2013@10:27:59.
Catharine Roth (tweaked note) on 6 December 2013@09:54:23.
David Whitehead (expanded a ref) on 16 January 2015@03:29:12.


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