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Headword: Ἐντομίδαι
Adler number: epsilon,1475
Translated headword: castrated animals; insects
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Meaning] those which are cut in their bodies. They are accustomed to do such things for the dead.[1] They they used to sacrifice castrated animals to the dead, as being sterile, but those with intact genitals to the gods.[2]
[sc. Insects are] such as a wasp, an ant, bees -- which do not breathe or have lungs.[3]
Greek Original:
Ἐντομίδαι: οἱ τοῖς σώμασιν ἐντεμνόμενοι. τοιαῦτα εἰώθασι ποιεῖν ἐπὶ τοῖς νεκροῖς. ὅτι τοῖς νεκροῖς τὰ ἔντομα ἔθυον τῶν τετραπόδων ὡς ἄγονα, τὰ δὲ ἔνορχα τοῖς θεοῖς. οἷον σφήξ, μύρμηξ, μέλιτται: ἃ οὔτε ἀναπνεῖ οὔτε πνεύμονα ἔχει.
Notes:
This entry begins with the headword entomidai (entomides in other lexica) but switches midway to neuter entoma, which allows in the insect topic.
cf. generally epsilon 1474, epsilon 1476.
[1] Same or similar material in other lexica.
[2] cf. the scholia on Apollonius Rhodius, Argonautica 1.587 (where the phrase ἔντομα μήλων , 'castrated rams', occurs); Etymologicum Magnum 345.27. And see also epsilon 1393.
[3] Aristophanes of Byzantium, Epitome of Aristotle's History of Animals 3.2-3 Lambros.
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; gender and sexuality; medicine; poetry; religion; zoology
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 25 May 2007@01:10:44.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords) on 25 May 2007@03:21:19.
David Whitehead (added primary note and more keywords; tweaking) on 30 August 2012@08:28:05.

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