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Headword: Κρέξ
Adler number: kappa,2372
Translated headword: corn-crake
Vetting Status: high
A bird of great ill-omen to those getting married.[1]
[One] with a very sharp and serrated beak.[2]
It declines κρεκός [in the genitive].
Greek Original:
Κρέξ: ὄρνεον δυσοιώνιστον γαμοῦσιν. ὀξὺ πάνυ τὸ ῥύγχος καὶ πριονῶδες ἔχον. Κρεκὸς κλίνεται.
The precise identification of this bird is still uncertain; the common suggestion of a corn-crake is adopted here, though its beak does not fit this description well. See Dunbar on the Birds passage below.
[1] From glosses on Herodotus 2.76.1, where the word occurs (web address 1).
[2] From scholia to Aristophanes, Birds 1138, where κρέκες are mentioned (web address 2).
Associated internet addresses:
Web address 1,
Web address 2
Keywords: comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; gender and sexuality; historiography; medicine; religion; science and technology; women; zoology
Translated by: David Whitehead on 13 December 2007@05:35:36.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (added links, set status) on 13 December 2007@19:36:04.
David Whitehead (augmented notes) on 14 December 2007@03:12:42.
David Whitehead on 17 March 2013@08:24:51.


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