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ἄωτον [α^], τό, and ἄωτος , ,
A.the choicest, the flower of its kind: in Hom. mostly of the finest wool,οἰὸς ἄωτονIl.13.599,716, Od.1.443; without οἰός (which must be supplied from the context), flock, down, 9.434; once of the finest linen,λίνοιό τε λεπτὸν ἄωτονIl.9.661; of the golden fleece, “χρύσεον ἄωτονA.R.4.176, cf. Orph.A.1336; ἄκρον ἄωτον [ὕδατος], of pure water, Call.Ap.112; of the foam on a wave, “κύματος ἄκρῳ .Id.Hec.1.4.3; “μέλιτος . γλυκύςPi.Pae.6.59: freq. in Pi., . ζωᾶς the prime or flower of life, Id.I.5(4).12; . στεφάνων the fairest of . . , ib.6(5).4, cf. O.5.1; Χαρίτων . their fairest gift, Id.I. 8(7).16; σοφίας ἄκρος . the choicest gift of minstrel's art, ib.7(6).18; . γλώσσας, i.e. a song, ib.1.51; “ὕμνωνId.P.10.53; “δίκας .Id.N.3.29; “Ἀφροδίτας . . ἄωτονA.Supp.666 (lyr.): rarely in pl., “στεφάνων ἄωτοιPi.O.9.19; “ἡρώων ἄωτοιId.N.8.9; “ῥόδων ἄωτοιSimon.148: in Epitaphs, θνῄσκω . . ἀκμᾶς ἐν ἀώτῳ in the flower of youth, IG3.1328; “τὸν . . ἄωτον τοῦ δήμουCIG2804, cf. Epigr.Gr.455.
II. that which gives honour and glory to a thing, . ἵππων a song in praise of horses, Pi.O.3.4; “χειρῶν . ἐπίνικονId.O.8.75.—The gender is indeterminate in Hom. and A.; Pi. always has ἄωτος, and so Theoc.13.27; A.R. and later Ep. ἄωτον (Opp.C.4.154, οἰὸς ἄωτα in pl.).
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  • Cross-references in general dictionaries from this page (6):
    • Aeschylus, Suppliant Maidens, 666
    • Homer, Iliad, 13.599
    • Homer, Odyssey, 1.443
    • Homer, Odyssey, 9.434
    • Homer, Iliad, 9.661
    • Apollonius Rhodius, Argonautica, 4.176
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