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Headword: Γραῦς σέριφος
Adler number: gamma,431
Translated headword: old-maid bug
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Meaning] a woman who has grown old in her virginity; metaphorical from the field locust, which they call an old-maid bug and mantis.
Greek Original:
Γραῦς σέριφος: ἡ ἐν παρθενίᾳ γεγηρακυῖα: ἀπὸ μεταφορᾶς τῆς ἀρουραίας ἀκρίδος, ἣν καλοῦσι γραῦν σερίφην καὶ μάντιν.
Notes:
Sophron fr. 170 K.-A.; cf. (e.g.) Zenobius 2.94 = Hesychius gamma908. The second word varies: it should probably be erithos.
Again at sigma 251.
Keywords: comedy; daily life; definition; gender and sexuality; imagery; proverbs; women; zoology
Translated by: Ross Scaife ✝ on 25 November 2002@12:31:24.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added note and keywords; cosmetics) on 26 November 2002@03:02:14.
David Whitehead (another keyword) on 18 October 2005@06:07:50.
David Whitehead (another keyword; tweaks) on 17 August 2011@07:21:35.
David Whitehead (expanded note; another keyword) on 21 December 2014@09:57:08.
David Whitehead on 29 September 2015@07:48:08.

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