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Headword: *polu/pous
Adler number: pi,1996
Translated headword: many-footed [creature], octopus
Vetting Status: high
[Note] that when the octopus is caught, it is beaten many times to make it tender. And [there is] a proverb: "the octopus beaten with twice seven blows."
Greek Original:
*polu/pous: o(/ti o( polu/pous qhreuqei\s tu/ptetai polla/kis pro\s to\ pi/wn gene/sqai. kai\ paroimi/a: di\s e(pta\ plhgai=s poulu/pous pilou/menos.
Already at delta 1267; cf. omicron 130 on eight-footed animals, as well as pi 1995 and pi 1997.
Several comic fragments allude to the practice of beating octopus to soften its meat: Aristophanes fr. 197 Kock, now 204 Kassel-Austin; Ephippus fr. 3 Kock (and K.-A.); Amphis fr. 30 Kock (and K.-A.). Present-day cooks agree on the need for tenderizing.
Keywords: daily life; food; proverbs; zoology
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 28 February 2005@16:45:35.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (another headword; modified keywords) on 1 March 2005@03:02:33.
Antonella Ippolito on 2 March 2005@19:35:59.
Catharine Roth (added cross-references, removed link) on 16 August 2009@19:15:31.
David Whitehead on 9 October 2013@05:55:34.
Catharine Roth (tweak) on 28 June 2014@23:25:00.
David Whitehead (updated a ref) on 30 December 2014@07:05:05.
David Whitehead (updated 2 more refs) on 2 January 2015@11:40:18.


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