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Headword: Λαῖμα
Adler number: lambda,185
Translated headword: laima
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Meaning] blood [αἷμα ]. [The word] has been counterfeited from λαιμόν ["gullet"]. But some [sc. say that it is] λαῖμα , that is a rush/swoop. Then again, though, certain people in Asia say this in reference to shameless and audacious men. Aristophanes in Birds [writes]: "and then there ascended to him from below, to the laima of the camel, Chaerephon the bat".
Greek Original:
Λαῖμα: τὸ αἷμα. παραπεποίηται δὲ παρὰ τὸ λαιμόν. οἱ δὲ λαῖμα, τουτέστιν ὅρμημα. ἔτι μέντοι τῶν περὶ τὴν Ἀσίαν τινὲς ἐπὶ τῶν ἀναιδῶν καὶ ἐκτόλμων οὕτω λέγουσιν. Ἀριστοφάνης Ὄρνισι: κᾆτ' ἀνῆλθεν αὐτῷ κάτωθεν πρὸς τὸ λαῖμα τοῦ καμήλου, Χαιρεφῶν ἡ νυκτερίς.
Notes:
Aristophanes, Birds 1562-1564, with scholion to 1563.
The present headword (again at lambda 186) is a notorious crux in that context; for a full discussion see Dunbar (below), who prints laitma.
For 'Chaerephon the bat' cf. under nu 579, chi 160.
Reference:
Aristophanes, Birds, edited with introduction and commentary by Nan Dunbar (Oxford 1995)
Keywords: biography; comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; geography; zoology
Translated by: David Whitehead on 3 June 2009@06:32:18.
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