Wednesday, May 29, 2013


The longest Greek word is


transliterated as

lopadotemachoselachogaleokranioleipsanodrimupotrimmatosilphioliparomelitoaktakexhumenokichlepikossuphophattoperis-teralektruonoptopiphallidokinklopeleioplagoosiraiobaphetragalopterugon  .

This 171 word is the name of a dish compounded of all kinds of dainties, fish, flesh, fowl, and sauces.

The dish was a fricassée, with at least 16 sweet and sour ingredients, including the following:
  • Fish slices
  • Fish of the Elasmobranchii subclass (a shark or ray)
  • Rotted dogfish or small shark's head
  • Generally sharp-tasting dish of several ingredients grated and pounded together
  • Silphion "laserwort," apparently a kind of giant fennel
  • A kind of crab, shrimp, or crayfish
  • Honey poured down
  • Wrasse (or thrush)
  • Was topped with a kind of sea fish or Blackbird
  • Wood pigeon
  • Domestic pigeon
  • Chicken
  • Roasted head of dabchick
  • Hare, which could be a kind of bird or a kind of sea hare
  • New wine boiled down
  • Wing and/or fin
 So, who's hungry?

for more information (but not much because I cut-and-pasted most of the article):  Lopado...pterygon


  1. Replies
    1. Who would waste pastrami by mixing it with the other stuff?

  2. I am even hungrier now than I was before I read this post. I'm heading out to raid the refrigerator. Unfortunately, I don't have any pastrami.

    1. Of course you don't have pastrami. Alaska doesn't have pastrami.