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Headword: Λεβηρίς
Adler number: lambda,218
Translated headword: slough, cast skin
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] the skin which a snake sheds.[1]
And [sc. there is] a proverb: "blinder than a cast skin and a peg."[2] It is a kind of bird, fleshless and thin. Otherwise [sc. the reading is] γυμνότερος ["more naked"].[3]
And [there is] another proverb: "more naked than a pestle and a cast skin."[4]
For they say that Leberis was a poor man; from whom the proverb was derived.[5]
Greek Original:
Λεβηρίς: τὸ γῆρας, ὃ ἀποδύεται ὁ ὄφις. καὶ παροιμία: Τυφλότερος λεβηρίδος καὶ κινδάλου. ἔστι δὲ εἶδος ὀρνέου ἀσάρκου καὶ λεπτοῦ. ἄλλως δὲ γυμνότερος. καὶ ἑτέρα παροιμία: Γυμνότερος ὑπέρου καὶ λεβηρίδος. φασὶ γὰρ ὅτι Λεβηρὶς πένης ἐγένετο: ἐξ οὗ καὶ ἡ παροιμία μετήχθη.
[1] Likewise or similarly in other lexica (see the references at Photius lambda135 Theodoridis); cf. σύφαρ at sigma 1694.
[2] cf. the variants at kappa 1580, tau 1217.
[3] Photius lambda136 mentions the leberis as a bird of ill omen.
[4] From gamma 491.
[5] Hesychius lambda483 has a similar statement.
Keywords: aetiology; biography; daily life; definition; economics; medicine; proverbs; zoology
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 23 March 2009@00:42:04.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (more x-refs; more keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 23 March 2009@04:06:57.
David Whitehead (tweaking) on 4 April 2013@06:53:17.


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