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Headword: Μύρον διατριπτικόν
Adler number: mu,1449
Translated headword: perfume fit for delay; perfume fit for pounding
Vetting Status: high
[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.
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).
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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