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Headword: Ἴπνια
Adler number: iota,550
Translated headword: soot
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] the offscourings of the oven [ἰπνός ], the so-called furnace [furnus]. Or the flammable materials suitable for the stove. Callimachus calls the dung of animals [ἴπνια ]: "he/she took away together the rubbish and the ashes from the oven."[1]
Or ἰπνός , a cook-shop, or a torch. Aristophanes in Wealth [writes]: "the ipnos became suddenly ivory."[2]
Also [sc. attested are] ἰπνοί , [meaning] lamps, lanterns, portable lights.[3]
Greek Original:
Ἴπνια: τὰ ἀποκαθάρματα τοῦ ἰπνοῦ, τοῦ λεγομένου φούρνου. ἢ τὰ πρὸς τὴν κάμινον ἐπιτήδεια καύσιμα. λέγει δὲ τὴν κόπρον τῶν ζῴων Καλλίμαχος: σὺν δ' ἄμυδις φορυτόν τε καὶ ἴπνια λύματ' ἄειρεν. ἢ Ἰπνός, τὸ μαγειρεῖον, ἡ καπνοδόκη, ἢ ὁ φανός. Ἀριστοφάνης Πλούτῳ: ὁ δ' ἰπνὸς γέγον' ἐξαπίνης ἐλεφάντινος. καὶ Ἰπνοί, οἱ λαμπτῆρες, οἱ φανοί, οἱ λύχνοι.
The Greek headword is (neuter) plural.
[1] From the scholia on Aristophanes, Wasps 836, where an oven is mentioned (web address 1). 'Callimachus' = Hecale fr. 295; cf. alpha 636, phi 623.
[2] Aristophanes, Wealth [Plutus] 815 (web address 2), with scholion. See also iota 552.
[3] From the scholia on Aristophanes, Peace 841 (web address 3).
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Keywords: comedy; daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; poetry; zoology
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 1 July 2006@23:18:05.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 2 July 2006@05:33:25.
David Whitehead (another note; tweaking) on 14 January 2013@06:42:22.
Catharine Roth (upgraded links) on 19 January 2013@00:04:29.
David Whitehead on 27 April 2016@04:02:37.


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