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Headword: Χλίδος
Adler number: chi,342
Translated headword: slime, sludge
Vetting Status: high
Demosthenes in the [speech] Against Kallikles on Damage to a Plot [writes]: "and then throwing out the slime into the road, the result of which was that he made the road itself higher and narrower".[1] Slime is the word for a whole mass. And it is a sort of pile, particularly that of dross and refuse. Also the alluvial deposit of rivers, and more especially of torrents, which is also called silt. In the present passage the orator seems to be saying that Kallikles threw into the road a pile of soil and garden refuse from the plot; so he himself indicates in what follows.
Greek Original:
Χλίδος: Δημοσθένης ἐν τῷ Πρὸς Καλλικλέα περὶ χωρίου βλάβης: ἔπειτα δὲ τὸ χλίδος ἐκβαλὼν εἰς τὴν ὁδόν, ἐξ ὧν ὑψηλοτέραν καὶ στενοτέραν τὴν αὐτὴν ὁδὸν πεποιῆσθαι συμβέβηκε. πᾶν πλῆθος χλίδος λέγεται. καί ἐστιν οἷον σωρός τις, μάλιστα δὲ τὸ τῶν ἀποκαθαρμάτων τε καὶ ἀποψημάτων. καὶ ἡ τῶν ποταμῶν πρόχωσις, καὶ πολὺ μᾶλλον τῶν χειμάρρων, ὃ καὶ χέραδος καλεῖται. νῦν δ' ἔοικεν ὁ ῥήτωρ λέγειν, ὅτι χοῦν καὶ φρυγανώδη τινὰ ἐκ τοῦ χωρίου σωρὸν ὁ Καλλικλῆς εἰς τὴν ὁδὸν ἐμβέβληκεν: ὡς καὶ αὐτὸς ἐν τοῖς ἑξῆς ὑποσημαίνει.
Abridged from Harpokration s.v. χλῆδος
[1] Demosthenes 55.22 (web address 1), where (as again in Harpok.) the reading is τὸν χλῆδον rather than the Suda's τὸ χλίδος .
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: botany; daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; geography; law; rhetoric; science and technology
Translated by: David Whitehead on 22 December 2000@07:28:43.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added note and keyword; cosmetics) on 6 September 2002@05:06:29.
William Hutton (augmented notes, added link and keywords, set status) on 11 July 2003@05:19:44.
David Whitehead (tweaks) on 13 July 2011@08:11:09.


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