ἀργέλοφοι

ἀργέλοφοι
Grammatical information: m. pl.
Meaning: `legs and feet of a sheep-skin', generally `offal' (Ar. V. 672 only).
Other forms: Cf. ἀργίλοφοι· λαπάραι κωδίων [read: κῳδίων `sheepskin']· οἱ δε πρωκτόν. καὶ μηλωταί (`sheepskin') H.
Dialectal forms: Acc. to the sch. and AB 8 Attic for ποδεῶνες `ragged ends of the skins of animals'.
Origin: PG [a word of Pre-Greek origin]X [probably]
Etymology: Derivation from ἀργός (but a form in -ε- is then impossible) and λόφος "kann jedenfalls unmöglich richtig sein" (Frisk). One is inclined to consider it as a momentary creation of Aristophanes, but how could his audience then have understood him? Rather simply a word that we do not know. Fur. 358 adduces the gloss with -ι-, which prob. demonstrates a substr. origin. He calls the gloss "völlig unklar", but it is clearly the useless parts of a sheep(skin) (also the meanings `anus' or `membrum virile' (for ποδεών)). A Pre-Gr. word seems probable (e.g. *arg-aly-ap- or -apʷ-?).
Page in Frisk: 1,131

Greek-English etymological dictionary (Ελληνικά-Αγγλικά ετυμολογική λεξικό). . 2010.

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