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Headword: ζῷον
Adler number: chi,69
Translated headword: chamaeleon, chameleon
Vetting Status: high
A creature [of that name],[1] changing into any colour except white.[2]
Greek Original:
Χαμαιλέων. ζῷον, εἰς πάντα τὴν χροιὰν μετατρέπων πλὴν λευκοῦ.
Chamaeleo vulgaris; Aristotle, History of Animals 503a15-30, etc.
[1] Also (though irrelevantly in the present context) a personal name: see under alpha 3668, alpha 3907, omicron 806.
[2] Hesychius has the same lemma but a different gloss. (The Suda's gloss, with or without 'except white', is paralleled in some of the paroemiographers.)
Keywords: definition; zoology
Translated by: David Whitehead on 25 November 2001@11:27:46.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (added note) on 6 September 2002@01:35:01.
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 26 July 2003@11:47:04.
David Whitehead (expanded notes) on 7 August 2011@08:20:07.
David Whitehead on 7 November 2013@07:40:08.
Catharine Roth (translated title) on 30 November 2014@00:27:17.


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