Words for a Mouse in the House

There was a mouse in the house in the early morning…


“We will happily dedicate a trophy to the murder of mice.”
στήσομεν εὐθύμως τὸ μυοκτόνον ὧδε τρόπαιον, Batrakhomuomakhia 159

“To mice creeping onto his table, he said: “Look, even Diogenes feeds parasites!”
Πρὸς τοὺς ἑρπύσαντας ἐπὶ τὴν τράπεζαν μῦς, “ἰδού,” φησί,“καὶ Διογένης παρασίτους τρέφει.” Diogenes Laertius, 6.40.2


Some Mouse Compounds

μυόβρωτος, “mouse-eaten”
μυοδόχος, “mouse-harboring
μυοειδής, “Mouse-like”
μυοθήρας, “mouse-hunter”
μυοκτόνος, “mouse-killer”
μυομαχία, “mouse-battle”
μυοπάρων, a light pirate vessel, lit. “mouse-cheeks”
μύουρος, “mouse-tail”
μυόχοδον, “mouse-dung”


Two Mouse Proverbs from Michael Apostolios

“A mouse bites a child and runs away”. A proverb used when the small harm the great.
Μῦς δακὼν παῖδ’ ἀπέφυγε: παρόσον καὶ οἱ μικροὶ τοὺς μεγάλους λυποῦσιν ἐνίοτε.

“A mouse didn’t retreat into his hole, but was carrying a gourd.” A proverb applied to those who can do nothing for themselves but want to help others and make much of it.”

Μῦς εἰς τρώγλην οὐ χωρῶν, κολοκύνταν ἔφερεν: ἐπὶ τῶν ἑαυτοῖς μὴ δυναμένων καὶ ἄλλοις θελόντων βοηθῆσαι καὶ περιποιήσασθαι.

Go here for Mouse proverbs from the Suda

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