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Headword: *)alkai/a
Adler number: alpha,1271
Translated headword: tail
Vetting Status: high
"But the dragon, being very great in size, maimed the lion with his tail. The lion was in pain and roused himself to ward [him] off with his tail." The Logothete says [this] in the Life of St Marcellus.[1]
Greek Original:
*)alkai/a: a)ll' o( me\n dra/kwn mege/qei me/gistos w)\n tw=| ou)rai/w| to\n le/onta kath|ki/zeto. o( de\ le/wn h)/lgei me\n kai\ th=| a)lkai/a| pro\s a)/munan dihgei/reto. o( *logoqe/ths fhsi\n e)n tw=| tou= o(si/ou *marke/llou bi/w|.
For alkaia "tail," especially of a lion, see LSJ s.v. (web address 1): derived probably from alke "strength, courage" (alpha 1277).
[1] Symeon Metaphrastes (a.k.a. the Logothete) PG 116.740d-741a. The quotation has been mistakenly -- "falso" (Adler) -- attributed to Aelian (fr. 197 Hercher). Domingo-Forasté omits it.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: Christianity; imagery; mythology; religion; zoology
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 19 May 2000@11:50:31.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (added notes and keywords) on 21 June 2002@01:19:19.
David Whitehead (augmented note; cosmetics) on 24 June 2002@03:03:44.
David Whitehead (more keywords) on 30 June 2008@06:06:31.
David Whitehead (x-ref; cosmetics) on 7 February 2012@05:44:54.
Catharine Roth (expanded note) on 9 February 2012@23:10:45.
Catharine Roth (tweaked translation) on 7 June 2015@00:18:08.


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