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Headword: Κιγηλός
Adler number: kappa,1579
Translated headword: kigelos
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] a beggar. From a certain sea-bird so called. It is a weak animal, so that it does not even make its own dwelling-place, but gives birth in those of others. And it moves the feathers of its tail.
Greek Original:
Κιγηλός: ὁ πτωχός. ἀπὸ ὀρνέου τινὸς θαλασσίου οὕτω καλουμένου. ἔστι δὲ ζῷον ἀσθενές, ὥστε μηδὲ ἰδίαν καλιὰν ποιεῖν, ἐν ταῖς ἑτέρων δὲ τίκτειν. κινεῖ δὲ καὶ τὰ οὐραῖα πτερά.
cf. Aelian, History of animals 12.9 (about the κίγκλος ; cf. kappa 1585, and see also kappa 1580). The headword, attested only here, could have originated as a misreading of κίγκλος . Aelian says that country people's proverbs call beggars κίγκλοι .
Keywords: daily life; definition; economics; ethics; gender and sexuality; imagery; proverbs; zoology
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 19 November 2008@21:50:02.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (supplied headword; another x-ref; more keywords; tweaks) on 20 November 2008@03:23:29.
David Whitehead on 24 February 2013@05:21:26.


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