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Headword: *)/ogxnai
Adler number: omicron,27
Translated headword: pears
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] wild pears [achrades], or pears [apioi].
Greek Original:
*)/ogxnai: a)xra/des, h)\ a)/pioi.
Same or similar entry in other lexica; see the references at Photius omicron24 Theodoridis. The second of the glosses comes from the scholia to Homer, Odyssey 7.115, from where the headword is quoted.
The a)/pios is the common pear (Pyrus communis, alpha 3194, alpha 3195, alpha 3197) of which the o)/gxnh is a variety. Compare Theophrastus, Enquiry into Plants 2.5.6, where the o)/gxnh is associated with cultivated trees. The a)xra/s, as also the a)/xerdos, is the wild pear (pyrus amygdaliformis or spinosa), usually planted as a defensive hedge in ancient Greece, but also eaten. See, for example, Eumaeus' farm at Homer, Odyssey 14.10 (web address 1); also also alpha 4713.
Dalby, A. Siren Feasts. London: Routledge: 1996, pp.38-39; 79-80
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: botany; definition; epic; food
Translated by: Tony Natoli on 28 February 2003@23:41:37.
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David Whitehead (augmented note; cosmetics) on 2 March 2003@05:37:05.
Catharine Roth (modified betacode, added cross-references) on 2 March 2003@19:43:27.
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David Whitehead (augmented notes; cosmetics) on 21 June 2013@04:58:38.
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