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Headword: Μορμώ
Adler number: mu,1252
Translated headword: Mormo
Vetting Status: high
One says [nominative] Μορμώ , [genitive] Μορμοῦς , like Sappho.[1]. Also [nominative] Μορμών , [genitive] Μορμόνος . Aristophanes [writes]: "I beg you, take the Mormo away from me." [Meaning] away the frightening things; for Mormo was frightening.[2] And elsewhere Aristophanes [writes]: "a Mormo for his courage!" [sc. This refers to] a mormolukeion, which they call Lamia; and thus also they would call frightening things. The [word] ὡς is omitted, [i.e.] 'as Mormo', or it is formed adverbially, as if one said, 'Alas for courage!'[3]
Greek Original:
Μορμώ: λέγεται καὶ Μορμώ, Μορμοῦς, ὡς Σαπφώ. καὶ Μορμών, Μορμόνος. Ἀριστοφάνης: ἀντιβολῶ σ', ἀπένεγκέ μου τὴν Μορμόνα. ἄπο τὰ φοβερά: φοβερὰ γὰρ ὑπῆρχεν ἡ Μορμώ. καὶ αὖθις Ἀριστοφάνης: Μορμὼ τοῦ θράσους. μορμολύκειον, ἣν λέγουσι Λαμίαν: ἔλεγον δὲ οὕτω καὶ τὰ φοβερά. λείπει δὲ τὸ ὡς, ὡς Μορμώ, ἢ ἐπιρρηματικῶς ἐξενήνεκται, ὡς εἰ ἔλεγε, φεῦ τοῦ θράσους.
See LSJ s.v. Μορμώ ("she-monster, bogey ... used by nurses to frighten children"), and cf. already mu 1250, mu 1251.
[1] For Sappho see sigma 107, sigma 108 (and e.g. chi 99 for the genitive of her name).
[2] Aristophanes, Acharnians 582, with scholion.
[3] Aristophanes, Knights 693, with scholion. For Lamia see lambda 84.
Keywords: children; comedy; daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; mythology; poetry; women
Translated by: Richard Rodriguez on 11 June 2009@23:43:52.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 12 June 2009@04:20:43.
David Whitehead on 27 May 2013@05:16:17.


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