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Headword: Λύκου πτερά
Adler number: lambda,822
Translated headword: wolf's feathers
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[This proverbial phrase] is said in reference to impossible things, when fear extends to the [very] words.
Greek Original:
Λύκου πτερά: ἐπὶ τῶν ἀδυνάτων λέγεται, ὅταν μέχρι τῶν λόγων ὁ φόβος ᾖ.
Note:
Menander fr. 167 K.-Th., 148 K.-A.; cf. Diogenianus 3.7 and other paroemiographers. The 'fear' aspect features in the background material (about wolves and oxen) in Apostolius 10.80.
Keywords: comedy; daily life; ethics; imagery; proverbs; zoology
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 23 November 2003@19:27:02.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (another keyword; cosmetics) on 24 November 2003@03:39:44.
David Whitehead (augmented note; cosmetics) on 5 May 2008@10:00:55.
David Whitehead on 23 April 2013@10:06:07.
David Whitehead (expanded note; more keyword) on 24 December 2014@04:03:56.

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