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Headword: Psêchein
Adler number: psi,87
Translated headword: to rub down, to curry
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Meaning] to wipe off, to rub, to scrape.[1]
"The Moors at once began to curry the horses. Some were sharpening spears, others swords."[2]
And in the Epigrams: "the long time wears down even stone, nor does it spare the iron, but destroys everything with one reaping-hook."[3]
Greek Original:
Psêchein: katamassein, tribein, xuein. hoi de Maurousioi parautika tous hippous epsêchon: hoi de lonchas, hoi de xiphê êkonôn. kai en Epigrammasi: psêchei kai petrên ho polus chronos, oude sidêrou pheidetai, alla miêi pant' olekei drepanêi.
Notes:
[1] cf. generally yh/ktra ("curry-comb") at psi 66. The present headword is similarly glossed in other lexica, so evidently quoted from somewhere (perhaps Xenophon, Hipparchicus 1.16).
[2] Quoted in part already at epsilon 4062, it seems: see the note there.
[3] Greek Anthology 7.225.1-2.
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; history; imagery; military affairs; poetry; zoology
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 30 December 2005@23:34:31.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (augmented n.1; cosmetics) on 31 December 2005@05:27:54.
David Whitehead on 21 November 2012@08:44:52.
David Whitehead on 6 November 2013@05:41:46.

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