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ἀπάρχομαι ,
A.make a beginning, esp. in sacrifice; τρίχας ἀπάρχεσθαι begin the sacrifice with the hair, i.e. by cutting off the hair from the forehead and throwing it into the fire, “κάπρου ἀπὸ τρίχας ἀρξάμενοςIl.19.254; “ἀλλ᾽ γ᾽ ἀπαρχόμενος τρίχας ἐν πυρὶ βάλλενOd. 14.422: abs., 3.446.
II. later c. gen., cut off part of a thing, offer it,τοῦ ὠτὸς τοῦ κτήνεοςHdt.4.188; “. κόμηςE.El.91; τῶν κρεῶν καὶ σπλάγχνων offer part of them, Hdt.4.61: hence,
2. offer the first-lings or first-fruits, πάντων of all sacrifices, Id.3.24: abs., begin a sacrifice, Ar.Ach.244, Pax1056, etc.; “. τοῖς θεοῖςX.Hier.4.2; ἀπηργμένοι, of eunuchs, having had their first-fruits offered, Anaxandr.39.11.
3. metaph., take as the first-fruits, take as the choice or best,δικαστήνPl.Lg.767c: abs., offer first-fruits, Theoc.17.109.
III. generally, offer, dedicate, χρυσᾶς (sc. δραχμάς) IG2.652B19, cf. Plu. Sull.27, AP7.406 (Theodorid.).
IV. later, = ἄρχομαι, begin, c. gen., “πημάτωνLyc.1409: c. inf., v.l. in Luc.Nigr.3; practise, prelude on,ὀργάνωνHim.Or.17.2.
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