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Headword: Ὁπότερος
Adler number: omicron,474
Translated headword: whether
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Meaning] of what sort.[1]
Aristophanes in Clouds [writes]: "whether he holds an opinion about a gnat." That is, what he thinks about and how he is minded concerning gnats. Gnats are what we call mosquitoes [κώνωπας ].[2]
Greek Original:
Ὁπότερος: ὁποῖος. Ἀριστοφάνης Νεφέλαις: ὁπότερα τὴν γνώμην ἔχοι περὶ τῆς ἐμπίδος. τουτέστι πῶς διαλογίζεται καὶ διανοεῖται περὶ τῶν ἐμπίδων. ἐμπίδες δὲ οὓς ἡμεῖς κώνωπας καλοῦμεν.
Notes:
[1] Likewise or similarly in other lexica (and several Homeric scholia); references at Photius omicron416 Theodoridis.
[2] Aristophanes, Clouds 157 (web address 1), with scholion; cf. epsilon 1020.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: comedy; definition; epic; poetry; zoology
Translated by: Amanda Aponte on 14 December 2009@23:04:28.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 15 December 2009@03:54:35.
David Whitehead (expanded n.1; another keyword) on 5 July 2013@07:36:08.
Catharine Roth (upgraded link) on 6 July 2013@18:09:34.

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