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Headword: Ὀρφώς
Adler number: omicron,664
Translated headword: orphos
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Meaning] the fish [of that name]. But some [spell it] with omicron [rather than omega as the second vowel].
Greek Original:
Ὀρφώς: ὁ ἰχθύς. οἱ δὲ διὰ τοῦ ο μικροῦ.
Notes:
The 'great sea-perch, Epinephelus gigas, still called ὀρφός in Greece': LSJ s.v.
Mentioned as a high-end foodstuff several times in Attic Comedy, e.g. Aristophanes, Wasps 493-5: anyone seeking to buy it rather than sprats is accused by the fishmonger of aspirations to tyranny. See generally Athenaeus, Deipnosophists 7.315A-C [7.97 Kaibel].
Keywords: comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; economics; food; zoology
Translated by: David Whitehead on 13 July 2004@11:50:00.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (set status) on 14 July 2004@01:37:01.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords) on 14 July 2004@03:51:24.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 23 July 2013@00:47:18.
David Whitehead on 23 July 2013@05:30:43.
David Whitehead on 16 January 2015@03:50:07.

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