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Headword: Ἐντομίδαι
Adler number: epsilon,1475
Translated headword: castrated animals; insects
Vetting Status: high
[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.
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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