χύτραν ποικίλλω

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Ancient Greek[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

 
  • (5th BCE Attic) IPA(key): /kʰý.traːn poi̯.kíl.lɔː/
  • (1st CE Egyptian) IPA(key): /ˈkʰy.tran pyˈkil.lo/
  • (4th CE Koine) IPA(key): /ˈxy.tran pyˈkil.lo/
  • (10th CE Byzantine) IPA(key): /ˈçy.tran pyˈcil.lo/
  • (15th CE Constantinopolitan) IPA(key): /ˈçi.tran piˈci.lo/
  • Verb[edit]

    χῠ́τρᾱν ποικῐ́λλω (khútrān poikíllō)

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

    See also[edit]

    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.