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ὑποπτέρους is perh. meant here to suggest ‘shy’ (and therefore hard to shoot); for the word often implies ‘taking wing’: cp. Helen. 1236 “μεθίημι ϝεῖκος τὸ σόν, ἴτω δ᾽ ὑπόπτερον”: id. fr. 420. 4 “ὑπόπτερος δ᾽ πλοῦτος.” So Ai. 139πέφόβημαι”, | “πτηνῆς ὡς ὄμμα πελείας”.

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