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Headword: Μύρτον
Adler number: mu,1462
Translated headword: myrtle-berry
Vetting Status: high
The shape of the female genitalia, in the midst of which [is] the clitoris. Whence touching oneself[1] lewdly [is called] κλειτορίζεσθαι . The lip [is the] ὑποδορίς , and the attribute μυρτοχείλη ['myrtle-berry-lipped'].
Greek Original:
Μύρτον: τὸ σχῆμα τοῦ γυναικείου αἰδοίου, οὗ τὸ μεταξὺ κλειτορίς. ἀφ' οὗ τὸ ἀκολάστως ἕπεσθαι κλειτορίζεσθαι. τὸ δὲ χεῖλος ὑποδορίς, τὸ δὲ σύμπτωμα μυρτοχείλη.
Likewise or similarly in other lexica: see the references at Photius mu611 Theodoridis, and cf. kappa 1767, kappa 2416, mu 1461.
See generally J. Henderson, The Maculate Muse (New Haven 1975) 20, 122, and esp. 134-5 #125.
[1] This middle infinitive, ἕπεσθαι in the lexica, should probably be corrected to ἅπτεσθαι (Theodoridis, following Porson).
Keywords: botany; definition; ethics; gender and sexuality; imagery; medicine; women
Translated by: Ross Scaife ✝ on 24 March 2004@20:37:53.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified translation; augmented note and keywords) on 25 March 2004@03:40:44.
David Whitehead on 29 May 2013@08:28:34.


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