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Headword: Ψῆνες
Adler number: psi,71
Translated headword: gall-insects
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] gnats, the ones that occur in wild figs.[1]
[The one] which make the figs ripen when wild-fig [branches] are attached to fig trees.[2]
Also [sc. attested is the expression] ὑπεψηνισμένη ["caprified"] from this [process], [meaning] pregnant.[3]
Greek Original:
Ψῆνες: κωνώπια, τὰ ἐν τοῖς ὀλύνθοις γινόμενα. οἵτινες καὶ τῶν ὀλύνθων περιαπτομένων ταῖς συκαῖς πεπαίνουσι τὰ σῦκα. καὶ Ὑπεψηνισμένη ἀπὸ τούτου, ἡ ἐγκύμων.
[1] From glosses on Herodotus 1.193 (web address 1).
[2] Perhaps from comment on Aristophanes, Birds 590 (web address 2).
[3] cf. upsilon 407.
Associated internet addresses:
Web address 1,
Web address 2
Keywords: agriculture; botany; comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; food; gender and sexuality; historiography; imagery; women; zoology
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 25 December 2005@16:45:56.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (tweaked tr) on 29 December 2005@02:39:27.
David Whitehead on 6 November 2013@05:02:35.


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