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Headword: Αἰθίοπα σμήχειν
Adler number: alphaiota,125
Translated headword: to wash an Ethiopian white
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[sc. A proverbial phrase] in reference to those exerting vain efforts.
Greek Original:
Αἰθίοπα σμήχειν: ἐπὶ τῶν μάτην πονούντων.
Notes:
First attested -- as already proverbial -- in Lucian, To the Ignorant Book-buyer 28. See also the paroemiographers: Zenobius 1.46, Diogenianus 1.45, Macarius 1.62. See generally Tosi [cited under alpha 378] no.1893.
For this type of proverb see the cross-references under alphaiota 114.
Keywords: daily life; geography; proverbs
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 1 November 2002@22:49:30.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented note; added keyword) on 2 November 2002@09:01:57.
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