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νι^φ-άς , άδος, ,
A.snowflake, Hom. (only in Il.), mostly in pl., “ὥς τε νιφάδες χιόνος πίπτωσι θαμειαὶ ἤματι χειμερίῳIl. 12.278; βρέχε . . χρυσέαις νιφάδεσσι, a legendary statement of the wealth of Rhodes, Pi.O.7.34; “ἔπεα νιφάδεσσιν ἐοικότα χειμερίῃσινIl. 3.222, cf. Luc.Dem.Enc.5: sg. in collect. sense, snowstorm,νιφὰς ἠὲ χάλαζαIl.15.170; [πάγος] βρέχετο πολλᾷ νιφάδι was wrapt as in deep snow, Pi.O.10(11).51.
2. generally, shower,πετρῶνA.Fr.199.7, cf. Th.212 (lyr.), E.Andr.1129; τραχεῖα ν. πολέμοιο storm or sleet of war, Pi.I.4(3).17; ὀμβρία ν., of rain, Lyc.876; “πληγῶν νιφάδεςLib.Ep.112.6.
II. as fem. Adj., = νιφόεσσα, πέτρα S.OC1060 (lyr.).
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  • Cross-references in general dictionaries from this page (6):
    • Aeschylus, Seven Against Thebes, 212
    • Euripides, Andromache, 1129
    • Homer, Iliad, 12.278
    • Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus, 1060
    • Homer, Iliad, 15.170
    • Homer, Iliad, 3.222
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