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Headword: Κατωφαγᾶς
Adler number: kappa,1118
Translated headword: glutton
Vetting Status: high
[A κατωφαγᾶς means the same as] a καταφαγᾶς . In any event Kleonymos[1] is being ridiculed as a gourmand, because he used to eat bending over. But κατωφαγᾶς is a bird so-called, which digs up seeds. And when it has a recessive accent, it is an adjective; but when it has a circumflex on the last syllable, [it is] a proper name. But perhaps [it comes] from the [verb] καταφαγεῖν ["to eat up, to devour"].[2]
Greek Original:
Κατωφαγᾶς: ὁ καταφαγᾶς. κωμῳδεῖται γοῦν ὡς πολυφάγος ὁ Κλεώνυμος, ὅτι κάτω νεύων ἔτρωγε. κατωφαγᾶς δὲ ὄρνεόν ἐστιν οὕτω καλούμενον, ὀρύσσων τὰ σπέρματα. καὶ ὅτε μὲν βαρύνεται, ἐστὶν ἐπίθετον: ὅτε δὲ περισπᾶται, κύριον. ἴσως δὲ ἀπὸ τοῦ καταφαγεῖν.
From a scholion on Aristophanes, Birds 288, where the headword occurs (see web address 1).
[1] Kleonymos: kappa 1736.
[2] cf. kappa 842.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: biography; comedy; daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; food; politics; zoology
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 13 March 2009@21:31:48.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (more keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 15 March 2009@05:20:40.
David Whitehead (tweaking) on 11 February 2013@07:27:04.
Catharine Roth (upgraded link) on 15 February 2013@00:07:34.


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