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πορθμ-ός , , (πείρω, πόρος)
A.ferry or place crossed by a ferry, strait, narrow sea,π. Ἰθάκης τε Σάμοιό τεOd.4.671; of the straits of Salamis, Hdt.8.76,91; πορθμὸν ἀμείφας Ἕλλας, i.e. the Hellespont, A.Pers.68(lyr.), cf.722,799; “π. ΣαρωνικόςId.Ag.307; ἐς Ἀΐδα πορθμός the Styx, E.Hec.1106(lyr.); π. περὶ τὴν Σκύλλαν, i.e. the straits of Messina, Pl.Ep.345e, cf. Arist. Mir.834b3, Vent.973b1: hence prov., π. Σικελίας a 'slough of despond', Lib.Ep.221.1.
b. generally, the sea, Pi.I.4(3).57.
2. any narrow passage, tube, as of the “κλεφύδρα1, Emp.100.10, 17.
II. crossing by a ferry, passage, S.Tr. 571, E.Hel.532(both pl.); “χωρεῖ π.Macho ap.Ath.8.341c; π. χθονός a passage to it, E.Cyc.108; “οὐ πᾶσι π. αὑτὸς Ἀργείοισιν ἦν;Id.Hel.127; τηρήσαντες τὸν π. watching for the opportunity to cross, Th.6.2.
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