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Headword: Ψῆττα
Adler number: psi,78
Translated headword: turbot
Vetting Status: high
A particular kind of flat-fish. Some [call it] ox-tongue.[1] To certain people it seems in form to be assembled from two skins; but it is divided at the middle, like wasps.
Or it is a bird cut down the middle, like wasps. Aristophanes [says]: "personally, I think I would cut off half of myself and give it, just as if it were a turbot." Meaning even if it meant cutting off half of myself, I want.[2]
Greek Original:
Ψῆττα: τῶν πλατέων τις ἰχθύων. ἔνιοι βούγλωσσον. δοκεῖ δέ τισιν ἐκ δύο συγκεῖσθαι δερμάτων τὴν ἰδέαν: διῄρηται δὲ κατὰ τὸ μέσον, ὡς οἱ σφῆκες. ἢ ὄρνεόν ἐστι τετμημένον κατὰ τὸ μέσον, ὡς οἱ σφῆκες. Ἀριστοφάνης: ἐγὼ δέ, κἂν ὡσπερεὶ ψῆτταν δοκῶ δοῦναι ἐμαυτῆς παρταμοῦσα θ' ἥμισυ. ἀντὶ τοῦ κἂν συμβῇ τέμνεσθαί μου τὸ ἥμισυ, βούλομαι.
[1] cf. under beta 414.
[2] Aristophanes, Lysistrata 115-116 (web address 1), with comment from the scholia there.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: comedy; definition; medicine; women; zoology
Translated by: David Whitehead on 1 January 2006@07:28:33.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (added link, set status) on 1 January 2006@22:00:08.
David Whitehead (typo) on 2 January 2006@03:11:48.
David Whitehead on 6 November 2013@05:19:08.


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