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ἀειρύτου. The rule is that ρ is doubled when, by inflection or composition, a simple vowel precedes it, but remains single when a diphthong precedes it: hence “νεόρρυτος”, but “ἀείρυτος”. Through overlooking this distinction, Blaydes follows our MSS. in writing ἀειρρύτου. Metre often led the poets to use ρ instead of ρρ, as “ἀμφι^ρύτου” (Ai. 134), “χρυσορύτους” (Ant. 950), “αὐτόριζος” (Babrius fab. 69); and “προρέω”, not “προρρέω”, was the regular form, as euphony plainly required. But there is no classical instance of the opposite anomaly.

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