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Headword: Νίγλαροι
Adler number: nu,366
Translated headword: quavers, trills, whistles
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] trilling sounds and excessive plucked notes.[1]
The νίγλαρος is a plucked note and a musical strain.[2]
It seems to have been coined by onomatopoeia.[3]
Greek Original:
Νίγλαροι: τὰ τερετίσματα καὶ περίεργα κρούματα. κροῦμά ἐστι καὶ μέλος μουσικὸν παρακελευστικὸν ὁ νίγλαρος. ἔοικεν ὠνοματοπεποιῆσθαι.
LSJ s.v. νίγλαρος gives 'trills, quavers' for the plural and 'whistle (the sound)' for the singular.
[1] Nominative plural; same gloss in Photius (nu217 Theodoridis), and very similar already in Hesychius (nu560), where Latte claims the word as quoted from Pherecrates (fr. 145.27 Kock = 155.27 K.-A.). See also tau 338.
[2] From a scholion on Aristophanes, Acharnians 554, where the genitive plural νιγλάρων occurs (web address 1).
[3] Adler indicates that this sentence is an interpolation.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; imagery; meter and music
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 26 January 2009@01:17:42.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented headword, notes, keywords) on 26 January 2009@03:20:24.
David Whitehead (expanded n.1; more keywords) on 9 June 2013@07:28:37.
Catharine Roth (upgraded link) on 16 June 2013@00:49:59.
David Whitehead (updated a ref) on 1 January 2015@08:28:12.


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