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Headword: Ἱμονιᾶν
Adler number: iota,358
Translated headword: cable's length
Vetting Status: high
To defecate [a cable's length]; meaning to shit long [turds]; from the rope which which water is raised, which they call ἱμονιά .[1]
And Aristophanes [writes]: "where did you gather rope-twister's songs?" The water-drawers used to sing a water-drawing song.[2]
Greek Original:
Ἱμονιᾶν: ἀποπατεῖν: ἀντὶ τοῦ μακρὰ χέζειν: ἀπὸ τοῦ σχοινίου, δι' οὗ τὰ ὕδατα ἀρύονται, ὃ καλοῦσιν ἱμονιάν. καὶ Ἀριστοφάνης: πόθεν συνέλεξας ἱμονιοστρόφου μέλη; ᾖδον δὲ ᾆσμα οἱ ἀντληταὶ ἱμαῖον.
[1] From a scholion on Aristophanes, Ecclesiazusae 351, where the phrase ἱμονιάν τιν' ἀποπατεῖς occurs: see web address 1. The lexicographer has misinterpreted (and mis-accented) its noun as a non-existent present infinitive.
[2] Aristophanes, Frogs 1297 (web address 2), with scholion; cf. iota 357 and iota 343.
Associated internet addresses:
Web address 1,
Web address 2
Keywords: comedy; daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; food; imagery; medicine; meter and music
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 16 April 2006@22:14:43.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead on 17 April 2006@04:06:09.
David Whitehead (tweaked hw and tr; expanded n.1; more keywords) on 11 January 2013@07:07:42.
Catharine Roth (upgraded links) on 12 January 2013@01:24:15.


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