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Headword: *cu/mbolon o)/rnin
Adler number: xi,104
Translated headword: meeting-sign omen
Vetting Status: high
They call a [meeting-sign] an [omen]; since they used to make signs of those first meeting them and foretelling [something] from an encounter.
Greek Original:
*cu/mbolon o)/rnin fasi/n: e)peidh\ sumbo/lous e)poi/oun tou\s prw=ta sunantw=ntas kai\ e)c a)panth/sews proshmai/nontas.
The phrase "[you call] a meeting-sign an omen" occurs in Aristophanes, Birds 721 (web address 1), and this entry derives from the scholia there; cf. also xi 105.
For "meeting-sign" (and for the scope of o)/rnis "bird," extending from bird-omen to omen of any kind) see Dunbar 456-7.
Aristophanes, Birds, edited with introduction and commentary by Nan Dunbar (Oxford 1995).
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: comedy; daily life; religion; zoology
Translated by: James L. P. Butrica ✝ on 18 February 2000@12:55:49.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (supplied headword; modified translation; added note and keywords) on 10 July 2001@09:44:12.
David Whitehead (cosmetics; web address; raised status) on 28 March 2008@07:51:54.
David Whitehead on 19 June 2013@06:02:34.
Catharine Roth (upgraded link) on 17 July 2013@00:58:38.
Catharine Roth (cosmeticule) on 15 December 2020@00:56:54.


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