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Headword: *pti/ssesqai
Adler number: pi,3030
Translated headword: to be ground
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] to be beaten like groats.[1] Also [sc, attested is] 'I grind', the [verb that means] I beat.[2]
Greek Original:
*pti/ssesqai: to\ di/khn ptisa/nhs tu/ptesqai. kai\ *pti/ssw, to\ tu/ptw.
The headword is present middle infinitive of the verb pti/ssw (which appears below as a secondary headword). There are only a few attestations of this form, the most striking being Dio Chrysostom 37.45 (dealing with the famous anecdote when the philosopher Anaxarchus, while being beaten, exclaims "grind the sack of Anaxarchus, you grind not Anaxarchus!")
For an apparently related word see pi 3029.
[1] Adler compares Lexicon Ambrosianum 1473.
[2] = ps.-Herodian, Epimerismi 111 (and already, here, at the end of pi 3024). This present indicative active, first person singular, is probably a generic lexical reference rather than a quotation from a particular source. Outside lexica and grammars it only appears in a context-less line from Aristophanes' lost play Centaurs.
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Translated by: William Hutton on 28 September 2013@14:39:34.
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Catharine Roth (set status) on 28 September 2013@15:33:04.
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