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Headword: Ψαθάλλειν
Adler number: psi,1
Translated headword: to rub, to scratch
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Meaning] to grope, and to knead in a shameful fashion.
Greek Original:
Ψαθάλλειν: τὸ ψηλαφᾶν, καὶ μαλάττειν αἰσχρῶς.
Notes:
Likewise or similarly in other lexica. '[...] seems to indicate a self-induced erection preparatory to sexual congress' (Henderson 177)
Again at psi 29 (with this and an alternative spelling).
Reference:
J. Henderson, The Maculate Muse (New Haven 1975)
Keywords: comedy; definition; ethics; gender and sexuality
Translated by: William Hutton on 22 October 2003@21:58:34.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added x-ref) on 23 October 2003@05:11:55.
David Whitehead (tweaks) on 23 April 2010@07:39:51.
David Whitehead on 5 August 2011@04:38:02.
David Whitehead (another note; cosmetics) on 5 November 2013@03:06:01.

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