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τίλλω , Il.22.78, etc.: fut. τι^λῶ ἀπο-) Cratin.123, (παρα-) Ar.Eq. 373: aor.
A.ἔτι_λαTheoc.3.21, (ἀπ-) Ar.Lys.578. Fr.686: pf. “τέτιλκαPCair.Zen.782b.).121 (iii B.C.):—Med., Ep. impf. “τιλλέσθηνIl.24.711: fut. τι^λοῦμαι παρα-) Men.363.5:—Pass., aor. “ἐτίλθηνAr.Nu. 1083: 2 aor. ἐτίλην [ι^] LXX Da.7.4; 3sg. imper. “τιλήτωιPFay.131.18 (iii/iv A.D.); part. τειλείς (i.e. τιλ-) PFlor.322.36 (iii A.D.): pf. “τέτιλμαιLXXIs.18.7, (ἐκ-) Anacr.21.10, (ἀπο-) Anaxil.22.20, (παρα-) Ar.Ra.516:—pluck or pull outhair, etc., “πολιὰς δ᾽ ἄρ᾽ ἀνὰ τρίχας ἕλκετο χερσί, τίλλων ἐκ κεφαλῆςIl.22.78; τίλλε κόμην ib.406; “τρίχαςMen. Epit.271, Her.5; “ἐρέβινθονPCair.Zen.719.6 (iii B.C.); “τ. στάχυας καὶ ἐσθίεινEv.Matt.12.1; “τ. χόρτον τοῖς κτῆσιPFlor.321.47 (iii A.D.):— Med., Χαίτας τίλλεσθαι pluck out one's hair, Od.10.567.
2. with acc. of that from which the hair or feathers are plucked, τίλλειν πέλειαν, of birds of prey, 15.527, cf. Hdt.3.76; “κίρκον εἰσορῶ . . χηλαῖς κάρα τίλλονταA.Pers.209; τίλλουσι τὴν γλαῦκα, of small birds attacking the owl, Arist.HA609a15; so of the cuckoo, ib.618a29 (Pass.); as a description of an idle fellow, “τίλλων ἑαυτόνAr.Pax 546, cf. Ra.428; of a cook, pluck a fowl, Eub.150.5, cf. Plu.2.233a; also “τ. λαγώνAr.Fr.212; τ. πλάτανον pluck its leaves off, Plu.Them. 18; “τὸν στέφανον τῖλαί με κατ᾽ αὐτίκα λεπτὰ ποησεῖςTheoc. l.c.; κῴδια τ. PPetr.2p.108 = 3p.78 (iii B.C.); also, pluck live sheep, instead of shearing, τοῖς τίλλουσιν τὰ ὑποδίφθερα (sc. πρόβατα) PCair.Zen.430.3 (iii B.C.), cf. Suid. s.v. πεκτῆρες:—Pass., have one's hair plucked out, Ar.Th.593; τέφρᾳ τιλθῆναι, as a punishment of adulterers, Id.Nu.1083; v. παρατίλλω, τέφρα.
3. c. acc. cogn., τίλματα τ. Plu.2.48b, cf. Herod.2.70.
4. τ. μέλη pluck the harp-strings, play harp-tunes, Cratin.256 (lyr.).
5. pick so as to extract fibre, τετίλκασι στιππύου δέσμας ς´ PCair.Zen.l.c.
II. since tearing the hair was a usual expression of sorrow, τίλλεσθαί τινα tear one's hair in sorrow for any one, “τόν γ᾽ ἄλοχός τε φίλη καὶ πότνια μήτηρ τιλλέσθηνIl.24.711: without acc., “τιλλόμενοι καὶ κλαίοντεςPhld.Ir. p.36 W.
III. metaph., pluck, vex, annoy, Anacr.13B; στέφανον τ., = τοὺς νόμους λυμαίνεσθαι, Pythag. ap. Porph.VP42:—Pass., ὑπὸ συκοφαντῶν τίλλεσθαι, with allusion to a bird's feathers, Ar.Av.285. (Not found in Att. Prose.)
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