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Headword: Νάρκη
Adler number: nu,38
Translated headword: numbness
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] irritation of the skin.[1]
Aristophanes [writes]: "alas, what has happened to me? [It's] just as if a numbness is creeping over my hand, and I can't hold my sword".[2]
Here is combined the idea of the narke fish and the experience one gets from it.[3]
Greek Original:
Νάρκη: μυρμηκίασις. Ἀριστοφάνης: οἴμοι, τί πέπονθα; ὥσπερ νάρκη μου κατὰ τῆς χειρὸς καταχεῖται, καὶ τὸ ξίφος οὐ δύναμαι κατέχειν. συντελεῖ ἐνταῦθα καὶ ἡ ἐνθύμησις τοῦ ἰχθυδίου τῆς νάρκης, καὶ τὸ κατ' αὐτὴν πάθος.
[1] Same or similar glossing in other lexica: see the references at Photius nu29 Theodoridis.
[2] An approximation of Aristophanes, Wasps 713-714 (web address 1); see already at mu 109.
[3] The 'narke fish' is the electric ray. For this material as a whole cf. Athenaeus, Deipnosophists 7.314A-E (7.95 Kaibel).
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Keywords: comedy; definition; medicine; military affairs; zoology
Translated by: David Whitehead on 11 August 2009@09:03:15.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (added link, set status) on 12 August 2009@19:09:47.
David Whitehead (another keyword) on 13 August 2009@03:22:31.
David Whitehead on 3 June 2013@06:08:10.


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