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Headword: Μηλῶσαι
Adler number: mu,940
Translated headword: to probe, to sound
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] to insert something into a depth. Also [sc. attested is the phrase] τὴν φάραγγα μηλῶσαι ["to probe the throat"], [meaning] to anoint[1] with the finger. Aristophanes [writes]: "to probe the throat, he will have only two drachmas."[2]
Also [sc. attested is] μήλη ["probe"], an instrument, with which something is anointed and spread on.[3]
Greek Original:
Μηλῶσαι: τὸ καθεῖναί τι εἰς βάθος. καὶ τὴν φάρυγγα μηλῶσαι, τὸ διαχρῖσαι τῷ δακτύλῳ. Ἀριστοφάνης: τὴν φάρυγγα μηλῶσαι, δύο δραχμὰς ἕξει μόνας. καὶ Μήλη, ἐργαλεῖον, δι' οὗ χρίεταί τι καὶ ὑπαλείφεται.
Aorist active infinitive of μηλόω (mu 937), presumably extracted from the quotation given.
cf. kappa 652, mu 1059.
[1] Adler notes that Photius ad loc. reads διαχρῆσαι "to use" -- probably referring to using a finger to induce vomiting -- but in fact at mu397 Theodoridis the editor follows Dindorf in printing διαχρῖσαι .
[2] Aristophanes fr. 614 Kock (625 K.-A.).
[3] cf. already mu 922.
Keywords: comedy; daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; economics; medicine
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 5 July 2008@21:59:02.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 6 July 2008@05:41:03.
David Whitehead (another x-ref) on 10 July 2009@05:53:32.
David Whitehead (expanded notes) on 21 May 2013@07:47:25.


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