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Headword: Têthea
Adler number: tau,470
Translated headword: sea-squirts
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Meaning] bivalves/oysters.[1]
It should be noted that the ancients ate these too [i.e. bivalves as well as fish proper], even though the eating of these affords little pleasure and benefit.[2]
Greek Original:
Têthea: ostrea. isteon hoti kai toutois echrônto hoi palaioi, kaitoi tês toutôn edôdês ou polu echousês to hêdu kai ôphelimon.
Notes:
[1] Likewise in other lexica (references at Photius tau235 Theodoridis), and cf. also the scholia to Homer, Iliad 16.747, where the accusative plural headword occurs (Patroclus' jibe about Cebriones, quoted under tau 472). On this noun see the LSJ entry at web address 1: th=qos, eos, to/; perhaps a back-formation from th/qea, thqe/wn, which were forms of th/quon. For the more commonplace glossing noun see omicron 720.
[2] This addendum to the entry was not identified by Adler is but identifiable via the TLG as an approximation of Athenaeus, Deipnosophists 1.13C (1.22 Kaibel). See also, more generally, 88A-B (including the lexicographers' equivalence), 90B.
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Keywords: daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; epic; ethics; food; zoology
Translated by: Marny S. Lemmel on 23 May 2014@11:53:59.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (cosmetics) on 23 May 2014@16:38:48.
David Whitehead (modified aspects of tr; augmented & streamlined notes; more keywords; raised status) on 25 May 2014@05:04:33.

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