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Headword: Κολετρῶσι
Adler number: kappa,1937
Translated headword: they trample on
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] they strike [someone] on the colon.[1] Aristophanes in Clouds [writes]: "they always trample on the coward".[2] Or they tread on. [The term comes] from those treading the olives.[3] But some [derive it from] jumping on the belly.[4]
Greek Original:
Κολετρῶσι: κατὰ τοῦ κόλου τύπτουσιν. Ἀριστοφάνης Νεφέλαις: τὸν δείλαιον κολετρῶσιν ἀεί. ἢ καταπατοῦσιν. ἀπὸ τῶν τὰς ἐλαίας καταπατούντων. οἱ δὲ τὸ ἐνάλλεσθαι τῇ κοιλίᾳ.
[1] From the scholiast to Aristophanes Clouds 552 (cf. next note): "our forebears called 'striking the colon' κολετρῶσιν ".
[2] Aristophanes, Clouds 552 (on Hyperbolos: upsilon 245).
[3] From the scholiast, and Hesychius kappa3328; Hesychius adds "[an activity] which is called κολετρᾶν ". In Photius kappa884 Theodoridis, "they tread, literally olives". This is probably the true origin of the lemma, with the scholiast's derivation from "colon" a folk etymology: -e- is implausible as a binding vowel. Frisk s.v. suspects an unattested *κόλετρον or *κολέτρα underlying the verb.
[4] From the scholiast, and with slight rewording Hesychius: "they jump on the colon --- meaning the gut". Also in Photius loc.cit.
Keywords: agriculture; biography; comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; food; imagery; medicine; politics
Translated by: Nick Nicholas on 5 January 2009@11:47:10.
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Catharine Roth (keywords, cosmetics, status) on 5 January 2009@14:00:37.
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