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Headword: Οἴστρησις
Adler number: omicroniota,179
Translated headword: frenzy, mad passion
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Meaning] that which maddens women.[1]
Also [sc. attested is] "enflamed with mad passion" [οἰστρηλατούμενοι ], [meaning they who are] burning, driven crazy.[2]
Greek Original:
Οἴστρησις: ἡ θηλυμανία. καὶ Οἰστρηλατούμενοι, πυρούμενοι, ἐκμαινόμενοι.
Notes:
[1] cf. generally omicroniota 178 (though there, and in general elsewhere, the connection with women -- preserved nowadays in the name of the hormone oestrogen: literally frenzy-inducing -- is implicit at best).
[2] Present participle (masculine nominative plural) of the verb cognate with the headword, evidently quoted from somewhere. Same or similar entry in other lexica; references at Photius omicron159 Theodoridis.
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; gender and sexuality; imagery; medicine; women
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 8 June 2004@21:22:08.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added notes and more keywords; betacoding and other cosmetics) on 9 June 2004@05:10:43.
Catharine Roth (typo) on 23 June 2005@00:20:41.
David Whitehead (tweaking) on 8 August 2013@05:24:06.

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