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Headword: *prhmainou/sas te que/llas
Adler number: pi,2262
Translated headword: and blasting squalls
Vetting Status: high
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.
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] Aorist active infinitive of prh/qw. 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.
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.
Catharine Roth (expanded note 2) on 29 October 2021@19:38:18.


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