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Headword: Ὀβελίσκος
Adler number: omicron,6
Translated headword: spit
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
Also [sc. attested is the diminutive] ὀβελίσκος ["small spit"]: [meaning] a skewer.[1]
Xenophon [writes]: "someone from within struck with an ox-piercing spit right through the thigh of the nearest man."[2]
And [there is] a proverb: "the heat of the spit." In reference to those who choose the worse instead of the better.[3]
Greek Original:
Ὀβελός: καὶ Ὀβελίσκος, ἡ σούβλα. Ξενοφῶν: ἐπάταξεν ἔνδον βουπόρῳ τις ὀβελίσκῳ διαμπερὲς τὸν μηρὸν τοῦ ἐγγυτάτω. καὶ παροιμία: Τὸ θερμὸν τοῦ ὀβελοῦ. ἐπὶ τῶν τὰ χείρονα ἀντὶ τῶν κρειττόνων αἱρουμένων.
Notes:
[1] cf. Etymologicum Magnum 613.2. From the non-classical souvla (used here as the gloss) comes the modern Greek souvlakia.
[2] Xenophon, Anabasis 7.8.14 (web address 1).
[3] Again at tau 734; cf. Photius s.v. τὸ θερμόν ; Zenobius 6.19.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; food; historiography; history; medicine; military affairs; proverbs
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 2 October 2002@01:26:27.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added x-ref and keyword; cosmetics) on 2 October 2002@04:58:56.
David Whitehead (modified translation) on 27 April 2003@04:21:33.
Catharine Roth (betacode cosmetics) on 27 October 2004@16:45:04.
Catharine Roth (added link) on 25 December 2009@19:18:39.
David Whitehead (another keyword; cosmetics) on 26 December 2009@04:39:46.
David Whitehead (more keywords; tweaking) on 20 June 2013@05:17:47.

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