ὅπως δρῦν ὑλοτόμοι, i.e., with as little pity. But in Il. 13. 389 ff., “ἤριπε δ̓, ὡς ὅτε τις δρῦς ἤριπεν”, the point is the crash with which the stately tree falls. σχίζουσι, historic pres., following an aor. ( Tr. 267, Tr. 702); as it often also precedes it ( Ant. 269, Ant. 406, Ant. 419). I. Xen. Anab. 5. 12“ξύλα σχίζων τις.” κάρα, after “ὃν” (95), acc. defining the part: Ph. 1301“μέθες με...χεῖρα” (n.). πέλεκει: cp. Il. 23. 114“ὑλοτόμους πελέκεας ἐν χερσὶν ἔχοντες”. It was a two-edged axe ( “ἀμφάκης,” 485 ), a “πέλεκυς ἀμφίστομος” or “δίστομος”, bipennis, as dist. from the singleheaded axe, “πέλεκυς ἑτερόστομος” (Pollux 1. 137).
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