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Headword: *mu/cos
Adler number: mu,1419
Translated headword: myxos; dormouse
Vetting Status: high
What we call a lagogeros.[1]
A spell: "a cock drinks and does not pass water, a myxos does not drink and passes water." It is said when a donkey has difficulty passing water.[2]
And [sc. there is a proverb]: Hey Myxos! [Used] in reference to those boasting and bragging; for Myxos, a sophisticate and a braggart, was a priest of Artemis.[3]
Greek Original:
*mu/cos: o( lagw/ghrws par' h(mi=n. e)pw|dh/. a)le/ktwr pi/nei kai\ ou)k ou)rei=, mu/cos ou) pi/nei kai\ ou)rei=. le/getai de\ ei)s dusouri/an o)/nou. kai\ paroimi/a: *babai\ mu/cos: e)pi\ tw=n kompazo/ntwn kai\ megalauxou/ntwn: *mu/cos ga\r e)ge/neto th=s *)arte/midos i(ereu/s, a)stei=o/s tis kai\ mega/lauxos.
[1] This glossing term is otherwise unattested in classical authors. On etymological grounds it ought to mean something like a hare (cf. lambda 26, lambda 27, lambda 28, lambda 29, lambda 30, lambda 31); and modern vernacular Greek (and other) usage -- for which I am indebted to Dr Nick Nicholas [web address 1 below] -- suggests that it actually denotes a small rodent of dormouse (muwco/s in Oppian), hamster, or rat type. Perhaps the European ground squirrel, Spermophilus citellus. (At any rate, surely not a mullet, mu/cwn.)
[2] See already at alpha 1115.
[3] See already at beta 6.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: aetiology; biography; daily life; definition; ethics; medicine; proverbs; religion; zoology
Translated by: David Whitehead on 7 August 2009@03:51:20.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (adjusted note numbers, set status) on 7 August 2009@11:49:07.
David Whitehead (further expanded n.1) on 9 August 2009@04:04:18.
David Whitehead (yet more for n.1, and a web address) on 12 August 2009@05:49:40.
David Whitehead on 29 May 2013@05:03:12.


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