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Headword: *pro/c
Adler number: pi,2536
Translated headword: roe deer
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning an] offspring of a deer.
Greek Original:
*pro/c: e)la/fou ge/nnhma.
The headword, pro/c, is rendered 'roe deer, Cervus capreolus' in LSJ s.v., but that entry also goes on to note ancient opinion -- as exemplified here -- that the term related specifically to a fawn (whether offspring of an elaphos, as here, or a dorkas).
The earliest instance of the noun occurs in the celebrated description of Odysseus' dog Argus (Homer, Odyssey 17.291-327), who had chased such game when in his prime.
Keywords: definition; epic; mythology; zoology
Translated by: Ross Scaife ✝ on 4 December 2001@19:52:25.
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Catharine Roth (added link) on 10 December 2001@00:35:14.
David Whitehead (augmented note) on 29 August 2003@09:26:50.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; tweaks) on 25 November 2011@06:37:00.
David Whitehead on 16 October 2013@07:40:42.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 18 June 2014@23:46:42.
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