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Headword: Καλαμίνθη
Adler number: kappa,196
Translated headword: calamint
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
A kind of plant, which also, when burning, drives away snakes.[1] Aristophanes [writes]: "you would smell of calamint".[1] Something that drives away a snake.
Greek Original:
Καλαμίνθη: εἶδος βοτάνης, ἥτις καὶ ὄφεις ἐλαύνει καιομένη. Ἀριστοφάνης: σὺ δέ τ' ὄζοις καλαμίνθης. ὄφεως ἐλατική.
Notes:
[1] LSJ gloss καλάμινθος or καλαμίνθη as "catmint," which would be Nepeta cataria, known to Americans as "catnip." Calamint, however, is properly "a genus of aromatic herbs, Calaminta, ... including the Common Calamint ... formerly in repute for its medicinal properties, Lesser Calamint (C. Nepeta [!]) ... and several other species" (OED 1971). See web address 1. We cannot be sure which of these related plants Aristophanes actually had in mind. Calamint is mentioned again at mu 1083.
[2] Aristophanes, Ecclesiazusae 648, with comment from the scholia there.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: botany; comedy; definition; zoology
Translated by: David Whitehead on 2 December 2001@07:09:38.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth on 22 August 2003@17:39:21.
Catharine Roth (modified translation and note, added link) on 24 August 2003@13:03:03.
David Whitehead on 11 July 2004@06:31:21.
Catharine Roth (added cross-reference) on 27 February 2009@00:29:02.
David Whitehead on 23 January 2013@08:43:40.

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