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Headword: *yu/lla
Adler number: psi,152
Translated headword: flea
Vetting Status: high
['flea'] and 'fleas': feminine.[1] But in Herodotus [sc. there is mention of masculine] Psylloi, a Libyan people.[2] Also the proper name [Psyllos] in Menander's Messenia.[3] [Note] that Epicharmus amongst others used the masculine for the tiny creature.[4]
Aristophanes [writes]: "just recently Socrates asked Chairephon how many of its own feet a flea could leap." [Note] that the story goes that the flea has six feet.[5]
Greek Original:
*yu/lla kai\ *yu/llai: qhlukw=s. para\ de\ *(hrodo/tw| *yu/lloi, e)/qnos *libu/hs. kai\ to\ e)n th=| *messhni/a| *mena/ndrou ku/rion o)/noma. o(/ti de\ to\ zw=|on to\ mikro\n a)rrenikw=s *)epi/xarmos ei)=pe kai\ e(/teroi. *)aristofa/nhs: a)nh/ret' a)/rti *xairefw=nta *swkra/ths, yu/llan o(po/sous a(/loito tou\s au(th=s po/das. o(/ti i(sto/rhtai, w(s h( yu/lla e(\c po/das e)/xei.
The first paragraph of this entry is also in Photius, and has parallels elsewhere.
[1] Respectively, nominative singular and nominative plural. See LSJ on this noun (which in context can also mean other insects).
[2] Herodotus 4.173; see also Stephanus of Byzantium s.v.
[3] Menander fr. 272 K.-Th., 232 K.-A.
[4] Epicharmus fr. 199 Kaibel, now 197 K.-A.
[5] Aristophanes, Clouds 144-5 (web address 1), with scholion to 150. For Socrates see sigma 829; for Chairephon see chi 158, chi 159, chi 160.
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Keywords: biography; comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; geography; historiography; zoology
Translated by: David Whitehead on 2 January 2006@07:50:27.
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Catharine Roth (added link, set status) on 2 January 2006@12:49:52.
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