The Prose Salernitan Questions, B 173Edit

Latin originalEdit

Queritur quare rinoceros id est unicornis capitur virginis amplexu?
Rinocerus est animal ferventissimum (...) sed femina frigida est et humida, et omni animali alterius speciei temperatior, et precipue virgo, que adhic retinet humiditatem et temperantiam nativitatis.

English translationEdit

Why is the rhinoceros, that is the unicorn, captured by the virgin's embrace?
The rhinoceros is very fervent (hot) animal (...) but the woman is cold and moist; colder than any animal of another species, especially the virgin, who preserves the moisture and the temperate character of her birth.

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