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Headword: Ἐντετριμμένη
Adler number: epsilon,1466
Translated headword: painted, powdered, rubbed-in
Vetting Status: high
Meaning smeared. Or knowing/knowledgeable. "[...] so that you may be a powdered basket-bearer"[1] -- [Meaning] she who has the little baskets -- "having upturned many of my grain-sacks indeed." Meaning having stolen [them].[2]
Greek Original:
Ἐντετριμμένη: ἀντὶ τοῦ σμηχθεῖσα. ἢ εἰδυῖα. ὅπως ἐντετριμμένη κανηφορῇς. τὰ κανίσκια ἔχουσα. πολλοὺς δὴ θυλάκους κάτω στρέψασα ἐμούς. ἀντὶ τοῦ κλέψασα.
Aristophanes, Ecclesiazusae 732-3 (web address 1), interlarded with comment from the scholia there.
The actual headword, extracted from the quotation, is perfect middle/passive participle, feminine (Chremes is addressing a sieve: see further n. 1 below) nominative singular, of the verb ἐντρίβω , literally I rub in.
[1] In this mock-Panathenaic procession; cf. kappa 308. The verb is suggestive of women's cosmetics: compare the plural at Lysistrata 149, and see generally LSJ s.v. (The connection with the sieve is sustained by the fact that it too will have a covering of powdery flour.) As regards the scholiast's glossing, the first participle is self-explanatory but the second less so. It might suggest knowing/knowledgeable in sexual matters (compare the adulterous wife in Lysias 1.14) but more probably reflects a late meaning of the passive voice of this verb; see LSJ s.v., IV.
[2] The suggestion is that 'having upturned' (στρέψασα ) is used punningly for 'having stolen' (κλέψασα ).
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Keywords: agriculture; botany; clothing; comedy; daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; food; gender and sexuality; imagery; poetry; religion; science and technology; stagecraft; women
Translated by: William Hutton on 5 June 2007@07:01:06.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented and rearranged notes; another keyword; tweaks and cosmetics) on 5 June 2007@09:53:12.
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 29 August 2012@09:36:21.
David Whitehead (expansions to notes) on 13 January 2016@06:37:49.
Catharine Roth (tweaked link) on 9 April 2017@20:10:01.


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