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Headword: Γραῦς
Adler number: gamma,428
Translated headword: hag
Vetting Status: high
[sc. A term for] both a female person and the topmost foam that forms on beans when they boil over. Aristophanes in Wealth [writes]: "these behave much differently from other pots."[1]
But in poetry they say γρῆϋς .
"The hag, the sewing woman, the club-footed one once came creeping with an oaken stick on reliable information about Paionian [i.e. healing] water."[2]
Greek Original:
Γραῦς: καὶ ἡ ἄνθρωπος, καὶ ὁ ἀνώτατος ἀφρὸς ἐν τῷ ὑπερζεῖν τὰ ὄσπρια γινόμενος. Ἀριστοφάνης Πλούτῳ: πολὺ τῶν ἄλλων χυτρῶν τἀναντία αὗται ποιοῦσι. ποιητικῶς δὲ γρῆϋς λέγεται. ἡ γρῆϋς, ἡ χερνῆτις, ἡ γυρὴ πόδας, πύστιν κατ' ἐσθλὴν ὕδατος Παιωνίου ἦλθέν ποθ' ἑρπύζουσα σὺν δρυὸς ξύλῳ.
[1] Aristophanes, Wealth [Plutus] 1204-5 (web address 1), with omission of the rest of the statement (where the part relevant to this entry occurs): "for usually the γραῦς [sc. foam] comes to the top of the pot, but these pots go to the top of the γραῦς [sc. hag]" (the hag is carrying pots on her head).
[2] Greek Anthology 6.203.1-3; cf. delta 959, pi 883. pi 3256.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: comedy; daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; food; gender and sexuality; geography; imagery; poetry; women
Translated by: William Hutton on 8 July 2003@04:59:05.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added x-refs; cosmetics) on 8 July 2003@05:42:20.
David Whitehead (more keywords; cosmetics) on 11 June 2012@05:13:02.
Catharine Roth (upgraded link, cosmetics) on 1 October 2012@01:23:23.


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