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Headword: Αἱματοπότης
Adler number: alphaiota,194
Translated headword: blood-drinker
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Meaning] a murderer.[1]
Colloquially applied to the serpent, for the animal drinks blood. Also to the sausage-seller, for they fill intestines and sausages with a mixture of blood and lard and barley. A blood-drinker, then, is one who consumes blood and, in a manner of speaking, gulps it down.[2]
[Spelled] with omega, like ὑδροπώτης ["water-drinker"].[3]
Greek Original:
Αἱματοπότης: ὁ φονεύς. οἰκείως δὲ ἐπὶ τοῦ δράκοντος, αἱματοποτεῖ γὰρ τὸ ζῷον, καὶ ἐπὶ τοῦ ἀλλαντοπώλου: τὰ γὰρ ἔντερα καὶ τοὺς ἀλλᾶντας μετὰ αἵματος καὶ πιμελῆς καὶ ἀλφίτων φυρῶντες πληροῦσιν. αἱματοπότην οὖν τὸν τὸ αἷμα καταναλίσκοντα καὶ ὥσπερ ἐκροφοῦντα. διὰ τοῦ ω μεγάλου ὡς ὑδροπώτης.
Notes:
[1] Likewise in ps.-Zonaras and, according to Adler, the Ambrosian Lexicon; and cf. in any event alphaiota 207.
[2] From the scholia to Aristophanes, Knights 198, where the headword occurs.
[3] cf. upsilon 62 (where however ὑδροπότης is spelled with omicron).
Keywords: comedy; daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; food; imagery; trade and manufacture; zoology
Translated by: William Hutton on 11 February 2003@00:11:11.
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