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Headword: *paleu=sai
Adler number: pi,75
Translated headword: to decoy, to entrap to wrestle, to wrestle
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] to deceive, to lead on.[1]
And [there is] a proverb: "[he] wrestles the fox well."[2]
Also [sc. attested is the related noun] paleu/tria ["wrestler"], [meaning] a decoy pigeon.[3] Aristophanes in Birds [writes]: "and he compels [sc. the pigeons] to wrestle [sc. act as decoy] in a net." For they are accustomed to blind some of the birds and to fix them in a net.[4]
Greek Original:
*paleu=sai: e)capath=sai, u(pagage/sqai. kai\ paroimi/a: *paleu/ei kalw=s th\n a)lw/peka. kai\ *paleu/tria, peristera\ pla/nos. *)aristofa/nhs *)/ornisi: ka)panagka/zei paleu/ein e)n diktu/w|. ei)w/qasi ga\r e)ktuflou=n tina tw=n o)rne/wn kai\ i(sta=n e)n diktu/w|.
The headword, evidently extracted from somewhere, is aorist active infinitive of paleu/w. LSJ s.v. registers both the primary (wrestle) and the applied (decoy, entrap) senses of it.
[1] Eudemus s.v. paleu=sai (= Photius, Lexicon pi64 Theodoridis, with other references there), who also provides the first sentence after the quoted proverb (see n. 3).
[2] Not in the paroemiographers.
[3] This is also in Eudemus (see n. 1) with different punctuation.
[4] A paraphrase of Aristophanes, Birds 1083 (web address 1), with scholion; cf. eta 290, phi 381. Aristophanes has called the birds in question just "pigeons" (line 1082: ta\s peristera/s); the commentator may be taking the opportunity to explain why some pigeons are called "wrestlers".
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Keywords: athletics; comedy; daily life; definition; ethics; imagery; medicine; proverbs; zoology
Translated by: William Hutton on 13 March 2011@14:07:51.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (tweaked headword and tr; augmented notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 14 March 2011@05:10:36.
William Hutton (typo, tweaks to headword and translation) on 14 March 2011@07:38:49.
David Whitehead (expanded n.1; tweaking) on 11 August 2013@05:04:56.
David Whitehead (coding) on 21 May 2016@07:53:03.


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