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Headword: Μύρον διατριπτικόν
Adler number: mu,1449
Translated headword: perfume fit for delay; perfume fit for pounding
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[sc. The adjective comes] from delaying and postponement. In effect, one full of delay and sluggishness; or because when being ground up some perfumes become sweeter; but at the same time [sc. the word is used here] with a view to delay.
Greek Original:
Μύρον διατριπτικόν: παρὰ τὸ διατρίβειν καὶ ἀναβάλλεσθαι. οἷον τὸ διατριβῆς γέμον καὶ βραδυτῆτος: ἢ ἐπεὶ τριβόμενα ἔνια τῶν μύρων ἡδίω γίνεται: ἅμα δὲ καὶ πρὸς τὴν διατριβήν.
Notes:
Aristophanes, Lysistrata 942-943, with scholion.
The adjective διατριπτικόν literally means 'fit for bruising' (LSJ), but the word-play here puns on the meanings 'waste time' as well as 'pound (sc. in preparation)'. See Henderson's note (p. 182).
Reference:
Aristophanes, Lysistrata, edited with introduction and commentary by Jeffrey Henderson (Oxford 1987)
Keywords: comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; trade and manufacture
Translated by: Max Eager on 7 July 2009@18:23:05.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified headword and tr; augmented notes and keywords) on 8 July 2009@04:00:30.
David Whitehead on 29 May 2013@07:19:45.

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