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Headword: Κεκυφότες
Adler number: kappa,1276
Translated headword: bent-forward, stooping
Vetting Status: high
Also [sc. attested is the aorist participle] κύψας ["he having stooped"]. Aristophanes is speaking about a beetle: "how the cursed [creature], having stooped, eats."[1] Through the expression he is indicating its gluttony. For those humans and animals who most particularly stoop into their food, and stick by it, seem to eat greedily and very eagerly.
Greek Original:
Κεκυφότες: καὶ Κύψας: Ἀριστοφάνης περὶ κανθάρου φησίν: οἷον δὲ κύψας ὁ κατάρατος ἐσθίει. διὰ τοῦ σχήματος τὴν ἀδδηφαγίαν αὐτοῦ δηλοῖ. καὶ γὰρ τῶν ἀνθρώπων καὶ τῶν θρεμμάτων οἱ μάλιστα τοῖς ἐδέσμασιν ἐγκεκυφότες καὶ προσκείμενοι δοκοῦσιν ἀπλήστως καὶ περισπουδάστως ἐσθίειν.
The unglossed primary headword is perfect participle, masculine nominative plural, of the verb κύπτω ; perhaps quoted from Plato, Republic 586A. (Hesychius kappa2119 glosses κεκυφότα with ταπεινοῦντα .)
[1] Aristophanes, Peace 33, with material from the scholia there.
Keywords: comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; food; philosophy; zoology
Translated by: Nick Nicholas on 26 October 2008@04:17:04.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented note and keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 26 October 2008@06:10:57.
David Whitehead (tweaking) on 15 February 2013@03:35:31.


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