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Headword: Σκυζᾶν
Adler number: sigma,700
Translated headword: to be in heat
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Meaning] to be eager for intercourse.
The camel carries her young for 10 months, but gives birth in the 11th, and then after an interval of a year comes into heat again.[1]
Greek Original:
Σκυζᾶν: ἐπὶ συνουσίαν ὁρμᾶν. ἡ κάμηλος κύει μῆνας ι#, τῷ δὲ ια# τίκτει, καὶ πάλιν διαλιποῦσα ἐνιαυτὸν σκυζᾷ.
Notes:
This verb is properly used of animals, but in comedy is used of women: LSJ entry at web address 1.
This present infinitive itself has been taken to be a one-word quotation: Phrynichus fr. 6 Kock (and Demianczuk), now 86 K.-A.; also, mistakenly, Comica adespota fr. 1149 Kock (not in K.-A.).
[1] This supplementary gloss comes from Aristophanes of Byzantium, Epitome of Aristotle's History of Animals 122.2-4. The gestation period of the camel is actually reported to be 13 months (on camels, cf. kappa 282).
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: comedy; daily life; definition; gender and sexuality; medicine; women; zoology
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 28 February 2001@11:04:10.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 22 May 2001@07:21:23.
Catharine Roth on 23 May 2001@01:47:00.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 18 August 2011@08:41:27.
Catharine Roth (deleted link) on 18 August 2011@19:11:33.
David Whitehead (updated refs) on 29 December 2014@08:40:25.
Catharine Roth (tweaked link) on 29 December 2014@18:29:23.
Catharine Roth (tweaked note) on 29 December 2014@18:31:46.
David Whitehead on 30 December 2014@02:55:27.
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