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Headword: Μορμολύττεται
Adler number: mu,1251
Translated headword: scares, spooks
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Used] with an accusative. [Meaning he/she/it] frightens.[1]
"You are scared/spooked by a little wine-skin" [sc. is a proverb] in reference to fear insignificant [lit. "empty"] things: since a wine-skin [is] empty.[2]
"They scared/spooked them, since a rather overwhelming multitude came down upon them."[3] That is, they put [them] to flight, they led [them] into fright and terror.
Greek Original:
Μορμολύττεται: αἰτιατικῇ. φοβεῖ. Ἀσκίῳ μορμολύττεις, ἐπὶ τῶν τὰ κενὰ δεδοικότων: ἐπεὶ κενὸς ὁ ἀσκός. ἐμορμολύξαντο σφᾶς, ὡς ἀνύποιστόν τι πλῆθος ἔπεισι κατ' αὐτῶν. τουτέστιν ἐξεφόβησαν, εἰς πτοίαν καὶ ὀρρωδίαν ἤγαγον.
Notes:
cf. mu 1250.
[1] Likewise or similarly (minus the grammatical point) elsewhere: see the references at Photius mu532 Theodoridis. The headword verb must be quoted from somewhere; perhaps from Lucian, Dialogi deorum 23.1, though there are other possibilities (in e.g. Theophylact Simocatta).
[2] Only here in this precise form, but cf. Appendix Proverbiorum 4.46 (from Crates); and see under alpha 4177.
[3] Quotation unidentifiable. (Adler suggests Aelian.)
Keywords: comedy; daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; food; historiography; proverbs
Translated by: Richard Rodriguez on 11 June 2009@13:09:15.
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