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καταρράκ-της , ου (from καταρράσσω), or κατ-α^ράκτης (from καταράσσω, cf. Eust.1053.5);
A. κατα^ράκταιEpigr.Gr.979.7 (Philae).
I. as Adj., down-rushing, “ὄμβροςStr.14.1.21.
2. sheer, abrupt, “τὸν καταρράκτην ὀδόνS.OC1590 (cf. Sch.; “καταφράκτηνSuid. s.v. ὀδός).
II. as Subst., waterfall, cataract, esp. of the Nile, D.S.1.32, 17.97, Str.17.1.2 and 49, Epigr.Gr. l.c.:—Ion. Καταρρήκτης , name of a river in Phrygia, Hdt.7.26.
2. portcullis, Plu.Ant.76, Arat.26, D.H.8.67.
4. movable bridge, for boarding ships, App.BC5.82; for attacking elephants, D.H.20.1.
5. sluice, Hld.9.8.
6. a sea-bird, prob. so called from swooping down upon its prey, Ar.Av.887, Arist.HA509a4, 615a28, Juba 68a, Dionys.Av.2.2, 3.22; cormorant, Hebr.shālâkh, LXXDe.14.16(17), al.; of an eagle, S.Fr.377; of the Harpies, ib. 714.
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    • Aristophanes, Birds, 887
    • Diodorus, Historical Library, 17.97
    • Herodotus, Histories, 7.26
    • Old Testament, 2 Kings, 7.2
    • Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus, 1590
    • Sophocles, Ichneutae, 714
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    • Strabo, Geography, 14.1.21
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    • Old Testament, Genesis, 7.11
    • Plutarch, Antonius, 76
    • Plutarch, Aratus, 26
    • Diodorus, Historical Library, 1.32
    • Dionysius of Halicarnassus, Antiquitates Romanae, 20.1
    • Dionysius of Halicarnassus, Antiquitates Romanae, 8.67
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