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Headword: Μηλῶσαι
Adler number: mu,940
Translated headword: to probe, to sound
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[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.
Notes:
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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