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Headword: Οἰστροπλῆγα
Adler number: omicroniota,180
Translated headword: driven mad with passion
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning someone] struck with madness.[1]
It is derived from the gadfly [οἶστρος ], which is a copper-coloured fly, attacking cattle in the heat and making them go mad.[2]
Greek Original:
Οἰστροπλῆγα: τῇ μανίᾳ πεπληγότα. εἴρηται δὲ ἀπὸ τοῦ οἴστρου, ὅς ἐστι μυῖα ὑπόχαλκος, ἐγχρίμπτουσα ἐν τῷ καύματι τοῖς βουσὶ καὶ ποιοῦσα ἐλαύνεσθαι.
cf. generally omicroniota 178, omicroniota 179, omicroniota 181
[1] The headword is accusative singular of οἰστροπλήξ ; cf. the scholia to Sophocles, Electra 5, where the genitive singular occurs (web address 1).
[2] cf. the scholia to Homer, Odyssey 22.300, a verse containing the word "gadfly" [οἶστρος ].
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; medicine; tragedy; zoology
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 8 June 2004@21:26:45.
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David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 9 June 2004@05:16:17.
Catharine Roth (cosmetics, link) on 23 June 2005@00:19:05.
David Whitehead on 8 August 2013@05:25:50.


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