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Headword: Ὑπεψηνισμένη
Adler number: upsilon,407
Translated headword: caprified, impregnated
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Meaning a female] ready for child-birth; or pregnant. [The terms comes] from the [noun] ψήν ['gall-insect'], which means the worm that occurs in wild figs. The farmers attach branches of this tree to the [cultivated] fig tree, to keep its fruit from falling off.
Greek Original:
Ὑπεψηνισμένη: ἀκμαία πρὸς τόκον: ἢ ἐγκύμων. ἀπὸ τοῦ ψηνός, ὃ σημαίνει τὸν ἐν ταῖς ὀλύνθοις γινόμενον σκώληκα, ὃν οἱ γεωργοὶ ἀφάπτουσι τῶν κλάδων τῆς συκῆς, ὅπως ἂν ὁ καρπὸς αὐτῶν μὴ ἀπορρέῃ.
Note:
The headword is perfect middle-passive participle of ὑποψηνίζω , feminine nominative singular; again at psi 71, and similarly in Apostolius 17.57. It is presumably quoted from somewhere in this feminine form (either the nominative itself or an oblique case), but note that some other lexica -- references at Photius upsilon156 Theodoridis -- have a similar entry couched in masculine nominative plurals.
Keywords: agriculture; botany; daily life; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; food; gender and sexuality; imagery; proverbs; women; zoology
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 26 December 2005@12:03:39.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (cosmeticules) on 29 December 2005@02:58:33.
David Whitehead (expanded note; tweaking) on 24 November 2013@08:37:16.

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