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Headword: Περιψεῖν
Adler number: pi,1354
Translated headword: to wipe around
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] to wipe off, to sponge. Aristophanes [writes]: "Look! Take this hare's tail, so to wipe around the rheum [from the eyes]."
Greek Original:
Περιψεῖν: ἐκμάσσειν, σπογγίζειν. Ἀριστοφάνης: ἰδού, δέχου κέρκον λαγώ, ὥστε τὰς λήμας περιψεῖν.
Aristophanes, Knights 909 (web address 1), with scholion; cf. kappa 1402.
The infinitive is better spelled περιψῆν , from περιψάω ; this is the reading of ms M (as corrected), and Pearson's reading in Aristophanes.
cf. the related noun περίψημα at pi 1355.
Associated internet address:
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Keywords: comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; medicine; zoology
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 2 January 2012@23:08:38.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (more keywords; cosmetics) on 3 January 2012@04:18:20.
David Whitehead on 30 September 2013@06:27:44.


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