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Headword: *tetelesme/nwn
Adler number: tau,374
Translated headword: having been consecrated
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] having been defiled.[1]
Greek Original:
*tetelesme/nwn: memiasme/nwn.
The headword is the perfect middle-passive participle, genitive plural, of the verb tele/w (I develop, accomplish, execute, perform); see generally LSJ s.v. The earliest attestation of the headword form is Aristotle, Generation of Animals 779a25, where he notes that "the newborn [sc. human] is asleep more than any other animal, for it is born less developed than any other of the having been fully developed" animal infants. (The contrast here would be with e.g. a dog, whose puppies are born blind, and so not with fully developed organs; see Peck, pp. 492-3n.) However, given the gloss (see next note), the entry is thought to be generated by the instance of the headword form at Hosea 4.14 LXX: "I will not punish your daughters whenever they turn to prostitution, nor your wives whenever they commit adultery; for the men themselves consort among prostitutes and sacrifice among those [e.g. temple prostitutes] that have been consecrated."
[1] The gloss is the same form as the headword, but from the verb miai/nw, I stain, sully, taint, defile; see generally LSJ s.v.
A.L. Peck, trans., Aristotle: Generation of Animals, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2000
Keywords: children; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; gender and sexuality; law; philosophy; religion; women; zoology
Translated by: Ronald Allen on 4 November 2012@23:49:56.
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David Whitehead (tweaking) on 5 November 2012@03:36:05.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 5 November 2012@10:23:30.
David Whitehead on 9 January 2014@05:16:42.
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