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Headword: Μεθύουσαν
Adler number: mu,440
Translated headword: drenched, steeped
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Meaning] being watery, filled up [sc. with fluid].[1] In the Epigrams: "and the oar still drenched with brine".[2]
Also [sc. attested is] μεθύω ; [used] with an accusative.[3]
Greek Original:
Μεθύουσαν: δίυγρον οὖσαν, πεπληρωμένην. ἐν Ἐπιγράμμασι: καὶ κώπην ἅλμης τὴν μεθύουσαν ἔτι. καὶ Μεθύω: αἰτιατικῇ.
Notes:
For this sense of μεθύω see generally LSJ s.v., II.1.
[1] The word "filled" is already used in the scholia to Homer, Iliad 17.390 (repeated in Hesychius) where the headword participle μεθύουσαν occurs in a simile.
[2] Greek Anthology 6.38.2, again a figurative usage and likewise with the headword participle as quoted here (feminine accusative singular).
[3] Observation also made in the syntactical lexicon edited by Cramer (see Bibliography). There is no good classical precedent for this, other than Alexis fr. 301 Kock, now 304 Kassel-Austin: οὐ μεθύω τὴν φρόνησιν , "I do not thirst for knowledge".
Reference:
J.A. Cramer, Anecdota Graeca e codd. manuscriptis bibliothecarum Oxoniensium, vol. 4. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1836 (repr. Amsterdam: Hakkert, 1963): 275-307
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; food; imagery; poetry
Translated by: Nick Nicholas on 9 May 2009@06:29:40.
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David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; tweaks) on 10 May 2009@04:44:04.
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David Whitehead (updated a ref) on 3 January 2015@09:14:36.
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