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Headword: Χαλεπὸν χορίου κύνα γεύειν
Adler number: chi,18
Translated headword: [it is] dangerous when a dog tastes [the] afterbirth
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
The covering of the foetus is called afterbirth [chorion]. Once the dogs have tasted this they scheme against the foetuses too, because of greed.
Greek Original:
Χαλεπὸν χορίου κύνα γεύειν: τὸ ἔλυτρον τοῦ ἐμβρύου χόριον καλεῖται. οἱ δὲ κύνες γευσάμενοι τούτου καὶ τοῖς ἐμβρύοις ἐπιβουλεύουσι, διὰ τὸ λίχνον.
Note:
For afterbirth see generally chi 405. The present headword phrase, which became proverbial (see Diogenianus 3.94 and other paroemiographers, comes from Theocritus, Idylls 10.11.
Keywords: children; daily life; definition; food; medicine; poetry; proverbs; zoology
Translated by: David Whitehead on 28 April 2003@07:21:41.
Vetted by:
Elizabeth Vandiver (Raised status.) on 27 August 2003@13:26:19.
David Whitehead (expanded note; another keyword) on 22 April 2010@07:14:22.
David Whitehead on 7 November 2013@05:45:52.
Catharine Roth (tweaked headword translation, coded a title) on 28 April 2015@01:32:10.

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