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πρίστις , εως, , prob.
A.saw-fish, Pristis antiquorum, Epich.59 (v. infr.), AP7.506.10 (Leon.), Polycharm.1, Opp.H.1.370, Ael. NA9.49; coupled with βοῦς (v. “βοῦς111) but distd. from δελφίς, φάλαινα and other animals which have a blow-hole instead of gills in Arist.HA566b3. (πρῆστις is read in Epich.l.c., Opp.l.c. (v.l. πρίστις), Ael. l.c., Suid., but πρίστις in Arist., Polycharm., AP and pristis is the Lat. form, Plin.HN9.4,41; the spelling πρῆστις was perh. due to the idea that it was a 'spouter'; there was further a supposed connexion between πρίω and πρήθω; πρίεται: φυσοῦται, Hsch., cf. EM687.39; v. πρίω 11.2 fin.)
II. ship of war, prob. from its shape, Plb.18.1.1, 16.2.9(pl.).
III. a kind of cup, also from the shape, “π., τραγέλαφος κτλ.Diph.80.
IV. ornamental part of a surgical machine, Orib.49.4.42.
V. a stone-mason's implement, IG12.313.130; πριστίω[ν] dub. sens. in ib.42(1).118.15 (Epid., iii B.C.).
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  • Cross-references in general dictionaries from this page (5):
    • Polybius, Histories, 16.2.9
    • Polybius, Histories, 18.1.1
    • Pliny the Elder, Naturalis Historia, 9.4
    • Pliny the Elder, Naturalis Historia, 9.41
    • Aelian, De Natura Animalium, 9.49
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