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κάρφος , εος, τό,
A.any small dry body, esp. dry stalk, as of the dry sticks of cinnamon, Hdt.3.111; of rice-straw, Polyaen.4.3.32, cf. Luc. Herm.33: generally, in pl., dry twigs, chips, straws, bits of wool, such as birds make their nests of, Ar.Av.643, Sophr.32, Arist.HA612b23, AP10.14 (Agath.): collectivelyin sg., A.Fr.24, Arist.HA560b8, Ath.5.187c: in sg., chip of wood, Ar.V.249; toothpick, Alciphr.1.22: prov., κινοῦσα μηδὲ κ. 'not stirring an inch', Ar.Lys.474, cf. Herod. 3.67; “οὐδὲ κ. ἐβλάβηEpigr.Gr.980.9 (Philae); ἀπὸ τῆς κύλικος κάρφος τῷ μικρῷ δακτύλῳ ἀφαιρετεῖν Ion Hist.1.
II. = Lat. festuca, Plu.2.550b.
III. a small piece of wood on which the watchword was written, Plb.6.36.3.
IV. in pl., ripe fruit, Nic.Al.230, 491, Th.893,941.
V. = τῆλις, Dsc.2.102. (σκάρφος is v.l. (perh.right) in A.l.c., Plb.l.c.: perh. cogn. with Engl. sharp.
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    • Aristophanes, Birds, 643
    • Aristophanes, Lysistrata, 474
    • Aristophanes, Wasps, 249
    • Herodotus, Histories, 3.111
    • Polybius, Histories, 6.36.3
    • Lucian, Hermotimus, 33
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