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Headword: Ῥικνοῦσθαι
Adler number: rho,166
Translated headword: to grow stiff, to dance suggestively
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] to be distorted, and to be altogether twisted in shape. But another meaning of ῥικνοῦσθαι is to become bent in an unseemly way, both in intercourse and in dancing, by bending the pelvis. Sophocles in Trackers [sc. uses it in this latter sense].[1]
Greek Original:
Ῥικνοῦσθαι: τὸ διέλκεσθαι, καὶ παντοδαπῶς διαστρέφεσθαι κατ' εἶδος. λέγεται δὲ καὶ ῥικνοῦσθαι τὸ καμπύλον γίνεσθαι ἀσχημόνως καὶ κατὰ συνουσίαν καὶ ὄρχησιν κάμπτοντα τὴν ὀσφύν. Σοφοκλῆς Ἰχνευταῖς.
Same entry in Photius (rho124 Theodoridis), from Aelius Dionysius; similar ones elsewhere. For these two senses of the headword verb ῥικνόομαι see LSJ s.v.
[1] Sophocles fr. 316 Radt (contextless).
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; ethics; gender and sexuality; medicine; meter and music; tragedy
Translated by: David Whitehead on 17 September 2010@05:55:50.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (cosmetics, status) on 17 September 2010@12:32:25.
David Whitehead (tweaked tr; more keywords) on 18 September 2010@09:12:32.
David Whitehead (tweaks) on 25 August 2011@09:11:03.
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