χύτραν ποικίλλειν

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Ancient Greek[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From χύτρα (khútra, earthen pot, pipkin) and ποικίλλω (poikíllō, decorate, embellish, embroider).

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

χύτραν ποικίλλειν (khutran poikillein)

  1. (idiomatic) To do something useless and inconsequential; inessential, uncalled-for and gratuitous.
  2. (idiomatic) To do something unceasingly.

Usage notes[edit]

χύτραν is in the accusative singular form of χύτρα. Used mostly in the second person of the singular: χύτραν ποικίλλεις.

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References[edit]

  • Scholia In Aristophanem, Scholia in ranas (scholia vetera) Argumentum-scholion, v. 186.
  • Scholia In Aristophanem, Scholia in vespas (scholia vetera, recentiora Tricliniana et Aldina) Argumentum-dramatis personae-scholion, v. 280b.