ἐν χηλαῖσιν, ‘with’ them: 764 n. —φοναῖς, an adverbial dat. of manner, murderously.’ Cp. O. C. 1318 “εὔχεται κατασκαφῇ ι Καπανεὺς τὸ Θήβης ἄστυ δῃώσειν πυρί”, where the first dat. is one of manner, like “φοναῖς” here, and the second (instrumental) answers to “ἐν χηλαῖσιν”. Elsewhere the Attic use of the subst. is limited to the phrase “ἐν φοναῖς” (696 n.). The Schol. has “φοναῖς: ταῖς αἱμακτικαῖς”: as though it were from an adj. “φονός”. So some recent edd. take it. Such an adj. could have come from the rt. “φεν”, but there is no trace of it.
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