ἀρώσιμοι, a poet. form (only here), analogous to the epic forms of adjectives in which a short vowel is lengthened for metre's sake (cp. on 492). Though the verb was “ἀρόω”, the adj. with the suffix “σιμο” would properly be formed from the subst. “ἄροσις” (cp. O. C. 27 n.). Suidas gives “ἀρόσιμον κλίμα: τὸ ἀροτριούμενον”. For the metaphor cp. O. T. 1256 “μητρῴαν ...ἄρουραν”, and ib. 1485, 1497: Lucr. 4. 1107.
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