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Headword: Λέκιθος
Adler number: lambda,236
Translated headword: pease-pudding, pulse
Vetting Status: high
A kind of seed, which is [sc. also] called pease, because of its resemblance in colour to an egg's yolk.[1] So from a part he is indicating the female seed-seller. And [sc. the word also occurs] in Lysistrata: "by Zeus, I myself saw a long-haired man, a phylarch on a horse, putting into a bronze cap pease-pudding [sc. that he had bought] from an old woman."[2]
Greek Original:
Λέκιθος: εἶδος ὀσπρίου, ὃ καλεῖται πισσός, διὰ τὸ ἐοικέναι τὴν χρόαν λεκίθῳ ᾠοῦ. ἀπὸ μέρους οὖν τὴν ὀσπριόπωλιν δηλοῖ. καὶ ἐν τῇ Λυσιστράτῃ: νὴ τὸν Δί' ἔγωγ' οὖν ἄνδρα κομήτην φυλαρχοῦντα εἶδον ἐφ' ἵππου εἰς τὸν χαλκοῦν ἐμβαλλόμενον πῖλον λέκιθον παρὰ γραός.
cf. generally lambda 235. The present entry comes from the scholia to the passage of Aristophanes cited there, Plutus [Wealth] 427.
[1] Which is exactly the same word, in Greek, as the headword: see LSJ s.v.
[2] Aristophanes, Lysistrata 561-2 (web address 1).
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: botany; clothing; comedy; definition; economics; food; military affairs; women; zoology
Translated by: David Whitehead on 9 April 2008@09:30:23.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (added link, set status) on 9 April 2008@21:53:09.
David Whitehead (another keyword) on 10 April 2008@03:21:24.
David Whitehead on 4 April 2013@07:50:57.
Catharine Roth (upgraded link) on 5 April 2013@01:36:12.


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