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An Abderite sees a eunuch talking with a woman and asks him if she's his wife.
When he replied that eunuchs can't have wives, the Abderite asked, 'So is she your daughter then?'")"
Abderites or Abderite may refer to:
Abderite, a reference to Democritus, native of Abdera; later acquired the generic meaning of "scoffer"
But while such dimwits are sometimes portrayed as members of a particular "ethnic" group ("a Kymean", "an Abderite", etc), the most frequent butt of such jokes is what the translation calls "a student dunce".
Popularly known as the Laughing Philosopher (for laughing at human follies), the terms Abderitan laughter, which means scoffing, incessant laughter, and Abderite, which means a scoffer, are derived from Democritus.