The original sense of ἱερός, “strong ” （Curt. Etym. 614）, suits a few phrases, such as ἱερὸς ἰχθύς （Hom. Il. 16.407）. But in such as ἱερὸν ἦμαρ, κνέφας, ὄμβρος, ποταμοί etc. it is more likely that the poet had no consciousness of any other sense than “sacred. ”
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