ἀπρὶξ … συλλαβὼν, tightly clutching: Plat. Theaet. 155 E “οὗ ἂν δύνωνται ἀπρὶξ τοῖν χεροῖν λαβέσθαι”. Cp. fr. 328. 3 “τοῦ γε κερδαίνειν ὅμως ι ἀπρὶξ ἔχονται”. The word is from the rt. of “πρίω”, as=‘to grip’ (1030 n.), with euphonic a: Aesch. uses “ἄπριγδα” ( Aesch. Pers. 1057). Cp. the Latin phrase mordicus tenere. ὄνυξι … χερί, with the hand, by the nails; both datives are instrumental, but one (“ὄνυξι”) more closely defines the other; see on 230 f. (“χερὶ..ξίφεσιν”).
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