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Headword: Μῦς λευκός
Adler number: mu,1475
Translated headword: white mouse
Vetting Status: high
Domestic mice are very much impelled to mate, and especially the white ones; these are females. The proverb[1] is applied to those who lack self-control when it comes to sex.
Greek Original:
Μῦς λευκός: οἱ κατοικίδιοι μύες ἄγαν πρὸς τὴν ὀχείαν κεκίνηνται, καὶ μάλιστα οἱ λευκοί. οὗτοι δέ εἰσι θήλεις. ἐπὶ τῶν ἀκρατῶν περὶ τὰ ἀφροδίσια ἡ παροιμία εἴρηται.
Same entry in Photius (mu619 Theodoridis), from Pausanias the Atticist (mu28).
[1] Apostolius 11.87, etc. For mice in other proverbs see mu 1471, mu 1477.
Keywords: daily life; ethics; gender and sexuality; proverbs; zoology
Translated by: David Whitehead on 20 November 2003@09:45:33.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (set status) on 7 December 2003@22:10:50.
David Whitehead (x-refs) on 24 June 2004@07:04:28.
Catharine Roth (tweaked translation, added keyword) on 15 February 2006@00:31:21.
David Whitehead on 30 May 2013@04:29:26.


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