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ἔκειρεφόνον. κείρειν φόνον=to cause bloodshed by hewing; as “τυφλοῦν ἕλκος”=‘to inflict a blinding wound’ ( Ant. 972 n.), “τρῶσαι φόνον”=‘to deal a deathwound’ ( Suppl. 1205).—Note the “παρήχησις” in “ἔκειρεπολύκερων”: cp. 528, 1112: O. T. 370 n.

πολύκερων φόνον, a slaughter of many horned creatures, like “χερόπλακτοι...δοῦποι” (631 ff.), “αὔχημα εὔιππον”, a glory consisting in good horses ( O. C. 711 n.), “ῥιμφάρματοι ἅμιλλαι”, contests of swift chariots (ib. 1062 f. n.).— The accent of “πολύκερων” (cp. 64εὔκερων”) is acc. to the rule that adjectives in “-ως” follow the Attic 2nd decl. of nouns in “-ως” or “-ων”, which can be proparoxytone if the “ω” in the last syll. is immediately preceded by “ε”, or separated from it only by a liquid: thus “ἀξιόχρεως, βαθύγεως, ἵλεως, φιλόγελως”.

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