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Headword: Κύτταρος
Adler number: kappa,2787
Translated headword: cell
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] the perforations of honeycombs and of wasps.[1] But Theophrastus says that properly the cell is the first-bloom of the pine, which is like a small ear of large wheat grains, and when it dries it balloons out and falls off.[2] So [Aristophanes] is saying that that the "cell of the sky" is vessel-shaped.[3]
The same Aristophanes in Thesmophoriazousai [writes]: "a penis similar to yours, bent like a cell."[4]
Greek Original:
Κύτταρος: αἱ τῶν κηρίων καὶ σφηκῶν κατατρήσεις. Θεόφραστος δὲ κυρίως λέγει κύτταρον τὴν προάνθησιν τῆς πίτυος, ἥτις ἐστὶν ὡς στάχυς μικρὸς ἐκ μεγάλων πυρῶν, ξηραινόμενος δὲ θυλακοῦται καὶ ἀποπίπτει. οἷον οὖν ἀγγειῶδές φησι κύτταρον οὐρανοῦ. ὁ αὐτὸς Ἀριστοφάνης ἐν Θεσμοφοριαζούσαις: πόσθιον τῷ σῷ προσόμοιον, στρεβλὸν ὥσπερ κύτταρον.
The same word is glossed with information from much the same sources in the previous entry, kappa 2786 (q.v. for further references).
[1] So the transmitted text here; the Aristophanic scholion (n.3 below) has, more intelligibly, 'of wasps' nests' (σφηκίων ).
[2] Theophrastus, Enquiry into Plants 3.3.8.
[3] Aristophanes, Peace 199 (web address 1), with information from the scholia thereto; cf. Hesychius kappa4747; Photius kappa1270 Theodoridis.
[4] Aristophanes, Thesmophoriazusae 516 (web address 2); cf. lambda 271.
Associated internet addresses:
Web address 1,
Web address 2
Keywords: botany; comedy; definition; food; gender and sexuality; imagery; poetry; science and technology; stagecraft; zoology
Translated by: William Hutton on 7 March 2008@07:05:42.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes; cosmetics) on 7 March 2008@07:11:33.
David Whitehead (another note) on 25 March 2008@10:18:37.
David Whitehead (adjusted a reference) on 22 March 2009@11:48:51.
David Whitehead on 25 March 2013@09:46:44.
Catharine Roth (tweak) on 25 November 2014@23:44:56.


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