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Headword: Aspharagon
Adler number: alpha,4297
Translated headword: gullet
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] throat,[1] stomach, neck. It is also the word for the off-shoot growing off thorn plants. But asparagos is a certain type of plant, suitable for cleansing [sc. of morbid humours]. Thus the Attic [writers] cite the word with the phi, but many who are not precise say it with the pi.[2] And generally they call the first parts of herbs/vegetables to be seen "asparagus".[3]
Greek Original:
Aspharagon: pharunga, stomachon, laimon. legetai kai to akanthôn apophuomenon blastêma. esti de ti kai botanês eidos asparagos, pros tas katharseis epitêdeion. houtô men hoi Attikoi dia tou ph tên lexin propherousin, hoi de polloi mê akribountes dia tou p legousi. kai haplôs ta tôn lachanôn horômena prôta asparagous kalousin.
Same or similar material, variously, in other lexica; and see also Athenaeus, Deipnosophists 2.62E-F (2.62 Kaibel).
[1] Accusative case(s); cf. the scholia to Homer, Iliad 22.328, where the headword occurs. See also sigma 1717.
[2] cf. alpha 4200.
[3] cf. omicron 598 -- but there with the noun o)/rmena ("stems, stalks") rather than this participle o(rw/mena ("to be seen").
Keywords: botany; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; food; medicine
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 14 March 2002@21:56:27.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (added cross-reference) on 15 March 2002@17:53:45.
David Whitehead (added note and keyword) on 9 June 2002@08:01:15.
David Whitehead (tweaked tr; augmented notes; cosmetics) on 24 July 2006@03:56:13.
David Whitehead (another note) on 26 April 2012@07:18:38.
David Whitehead (expanded primary note) on 24 January 2014@09:32:50.
Catharine Roth (coding, cross-reference) on 21 July 2014@20:03:49.
David Whitehead (expanded a ref) on 14 January 2015@04:15:28.


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