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Headword: Λέοντα ξυρᾷς
Adler number: lambda,250
Translated headword: you are shaving a lion
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
A proverb said in reference to those attempting the impossible.[1]
Interpretation of a dream: to see lions shows battles of enemies.[2]
See on a lion in the [entry] 'with hair standing on end'.[3]
Greek Original:
Λέοντα ξυρᾷς: παροιμία λεγομένη ἐπὶ τῶν τὰ ἀδύνατα ἐπιχειρούντων. λύσις ὀνείρου: λέοντας ἰδεῖν δυσμενῶν δηλοῖ μάχας. ζήτει περὶ λέοντος ἐν τῷ φριξότριχα.
Notes:
[1] Also in Photius (and the paroemiographers), and cf. the scholia to Plato, Republic 341C (where the phrase 'attempting to shave a lion' occurs). See web address 1.
[2] From the dream-interpretations, in verse, attributed to Astrampsychus (alpha 4251).
[3] phi 718.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: daily life; definition; dreams; meter and music; poetry; proverbs; zoology
Translated by: David Whitehead on 9 April 2008@10:20:58.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (added link, set status) on 10 April 2008@15:17:58.
David Whitehead (augmented n.1) on 11 April 2008@03:10:31.
David Whitehead on 4 April 2013@08:18:40.
David Whitehead on 16 May 2016@08:09:03.

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