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Headword: *prhmainou/sas te que/llas
Adler number: pi,2262
Translated headword: and blasting squalls
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
Aristophanes in Clouds [sc. uses the phrase]. A squall, a dense mass of wind.[1] But prhmainou/sas ["blasting"] [means] raging, and blowing violently. For prh=sai ["to swell out by blowing"] [is] the [sc. verb that means] fush=sai ["to blow up"].[2] Homer [writes]: "the wind blew into and swelled out the middle of the sail."[3]
Greek Original:
*prhmainou/sas te que/llas: *)aristofa/nhs *nefe/lais. qu/ella, sustrofh\ tou= a)ne/mou. prhmainou/sas de\ mainome/nas, kai\ la/brws fusw/sas: prh=sai ga\r to\ fush=sai. *(/omhros: e)n d' a)/nemos prh=se me/son i(sti/on.
Notes:
The headword phrase is extracted from Aristophanes, Clouds 336 (web address 1), where Strepsiades sarcastically cites the phrase (but probably inaccurately; see Dover, pp. 145-6) as an example of dithyrambic choral verse.
The lemma's participle is present active, feminine accusative plural, of the verb prhmai/nw, I blow hard, blast; see generally LSJ s.v.
[1] This definition of qu/ella follows the scholia to the aforementioned passage; cf. theta 533.
[2] See also pi 2261 and pi 2266.
[3] Homer, Iliad 1.481 (web address 2), describing the strong, favorable wind that Apollo provided the Achaeans upon their return from having delivered Chryseis to her father on Tenedos.
Reference:
K.J. Dover, ed., Aristophanes Clouds, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1968
Associated internet addresses:
Web address 1,
Web address 2
Keywords: comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; meter and music; poetry; religion; science and technology
Translated by: Ronald Allen on 11 December 2010@13:38:07.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (another x-ref; tweaks and cosmetics) on 12 December 2010@04:20:44.
David Whitehead (tweaked tr) on 1 November 2011@10:20:17.

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