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Headword: Μύξα
Adler number: mu,1418
Translated headword: snot
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] the substance excreted of [= from] the head.[1] Hence also [sc. comes the term] μυξωτήρ ["nostril"], the part of the body. Muxa is also a word for the [wick] of a lamp.
In the Epigrams: "to the god of Kanopos[2] Kallistion, the wife of Kritias, dedicated me, a lamp rich in twenty wicks, [...]; when you see my lights you will say 'Hesperos, how you fell!'."[3]
Greek Original:
Μύξα: τὸ περίττωμα τῆς κεφαλῆς. ἔνθεν καὶ Μυξωτήρ, τὸ μέρος τοῦ σώματος. λέγεται μύξα καὶ τὸ τοῦ λύχνου. ἐν Ἐπιγράμμασι: τῷ με Κανωπίτᾳ Καλλίστιον εἴκοσι μύξαις πλούσιον, ἡ Κριτίου, λύχνιον ἔθηκε θεῷ: ἐς δ' ἐμὰ φέγγη ἀθρήσας, φήσεις, Ἕσπερε, πῶς ἔπεσες;
[1] cf. kappa 2120.
[2] Serapis.
[3] Greek Anthology 6.148 (abridged). For Hesperos see epsilon 3187.
Keywords: daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; imagery; medicine; poetry; religion; women
Translated by: David Whitehead on 6 August 2009@06:13:58.
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Catharine Roth (cosmetics, status) on 7 August 2009@19:11:12.
David Whitehead (another x-ref) on 9 August 2009@04:25:36.
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