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Headword: Χερνίβα
Adler number: chi,209
Translated headword: hand-bath
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] water. Aristophanes says: "bring the basket and the hand-bath."[1]
Greek Original:
Χερνίβα: τὸ ὕδωρ. φησὶν Ἀριστοφάνης: τὸ κανοῦν αἴρεσθε καὶ τὴν χερνίβα.
The headword is accusative case of this noun, extracted from the quotation; again chi 210; and cf. chi 211, chi 212.
[1] Aristophanes, Birds 850 (web address 1 below), with scholion. See also Hesychius, and the scholia to Homer, Odyssey 1.136 (where the headword also appears: web address 2). The word is frequently used in Homer and forms part of a formulaic "washing up for dinner" sequence, especially in the Odyssey.
Associated internet addresses:
Web address 1,
Web address 2
Keywords: comedy; daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 19 March 2008@15:45:18.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; tweaks) on 20 March 2008@09:49:58.
David Whitehead on 10 November 2013@07:47:51.
David Whitehead (my typo) on 1 June 2016@03:14:34.


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