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Headword: Anthrênê
Adler number: alpha,2524
Translated headword: anthrene, athrene, hornet
Vetting Status: high
The hornet [is] a type of wasp.
Poets apply [the term] to bees also.
Also [sc. attested is] a)nqrh/nia ["hornet's nests"]: "[eager] to destroy our hornet's nests by force".[1] Obviously [meaning] bees. "Stung in both eyes as if by hornets, he will be destroyed by opinions."[2] The hornet is akin to the bee, and resembles a wasp. Also the hornetish[3] figure.
Greek Original:
Anthrênê: eidos sphêkos hê anthrênê. katachrôntai de hoi poiêtai kai epi melissôn. kai Anthrênia: exelein hêmôn pros bian tanthrênia. tas melissas dêlonoti. tô ophthalmô kentoumenos hôsper hup' anthrênôn, hupo tôn gnômôn apoleitai. sungenês esti têi melissêi hê anthrênê, sphêki paraplêsia. kai to plasma anthrênion.
See already alpha 753 and the note there.
[1] Aristophanes, Wasps 1080 (web address 1), with scholion.
[2] Aristophanes, Clouds 946-8 (web address 2), with scholion.
[3] We would say waspish.
Associated internet addresses:
Web address 1,
Web address 2
Keywords: comedy; definition; imagery; poetry; zoology
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 2 July 2000@18:36:14.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified headword and translation; augmented notes) on 9 March 2001@06:21:58.
David Whitehead (restorative and other cosmetics) on 13 August 2002@07:19:23.
Catharine Roth (updated links) on 21 April 2010@14:07:36.
David Whitehead (tweaks and cosmetics) on 15 March 2012@07:34:37.
Catharine Roth (tweaked notes) on 2 November 2013@01:40:45.
Catharine Roth (typo, another keyword) on 2 November 2013@11:26:35.


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