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Headword: Ὀμφαλητομία
Adler number: omicron,316
Translated headword: cutting the umbilical cord, omphalotomy
Vetting Status: high
[sc. This term arises] when the midwives cut off the umbilical cord of the infant. And these [midwives] are called ὀμφαλητόμοι ["omphalotomists"].[1]
Also [sc. attested is] ὀμφάλιον , [meaning] the boss of the shield.[2] "To Zeus Nikagoras dedicated this broken boss of the shield with which he kept his left side while he prevailed in battle."[3]
Greek Original:
Ὀμφαλητομία: ὅτε αἱ μαῖαι τὸν ὀμφαλὸν τοῦ βρέφους ἀποτέμνουσι. καὶ αὐταὶ δὲ ὀμφαλητόμοι λέγονται. καὶ Ὀμφάλιον, ὁ ὀμφαλὸς τῆς ἀσπίδος. Ζηνὶ τόδ' ὀμφάλιον σάκεος τρύφος, ᾧ ἐπὶ λαιὰν ἔσχεν ἀριστεύων, ἄνθετο Νικαγόρας.
[1] Likewise in Photius, Lexicon omicron323 Theodoridis, apparently from Aelius Dionysius; cf. Pollux 2.169, 4.208. See also omicron 318. The variant ὀμφαλοτομία also occurs.
[2] cf. omicron 317.
[3] Greek Anthology 6.84.1-2.
Keywords: children; daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; gender and sexuality; imagery; medicine; military affairs; poetry; religion; trade and manufacture; women
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 6 January 2010@01:05:22.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (another keyword; tweaks and cosmetics) on 6 January 2010@03:30:50.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords) on 30 June 2013@06:36:03.
David Whitehead (coding) on 19 May 2016@10:33:01.
Catharine Roth (betacode typo) on 22 May 2016@17:49:21.


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