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Lagopus
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(λαγώπους/lagṓpous, ‘hare foot’) was the name for the ptarmigan, Lagopus mutus (Montin), due to its feathered legs. It was highly esteemed as game (Hor. Sat. 2,2,22: lagois; Plin. HN 10,133). In its brown summer plumage (Plin. HN 10,134) it was considered to be a different species. The plant of the same name (Plin. HN 26,53 = Ps.-Apul. de herbis 61,6: herba leporis pes) was said to cure diarrhoea when taken in wine or (in cases of fever) water.

Bibliography

H. Steier, s.v. L., RE 12,461.

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Hünemörder, Christian (Hamburg), “Lagopus”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 19 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e628850>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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