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πτώσσω , only pres.,
A.shrink from, shrink, of birds or other animals, “π. ὥστε πέρδικαArchil.106; [ἀκρίδες] πτώσσουσι καθ᾽ ὕδωρ flee into . ., Il.21.14; also of men, πτῶσσον ὑπὸ κρημνούς ib.26; τί πτώσσεις; 4.371; τίς τοι ἀνάγκη πτώσσειν . . ; 5.634; “πτώσσοντας ὑφ᾽ Ἕκτορι7.129; κατὰ λαύρας . . πτώσσοντι skulk, slink, Pi.P.8.87; εἰς ἐρημίαν π. flee cowering into . ., E.Ba.223; π. ὑπ᾽ ἀσπίδος crouch beneath it, without any notion of fear, Tyrt.11.36:—poet. Verb, once in Hdt., πτώσσοντας [ὑμέας εὕρομεν] 9.48.
2. cringe like a beggar, go begging (cf. πτωχός)“, κατὰ δῆμονOd.17.227, 18.363: c. acc. loci, “π. ἀλλοτρίους οἴκουςHes.Op.395.
II. c. acc. pers., οὐδ᾽ ἂν (v.l. ἂρ ἔτι δὴν ἀλλήλους πτώσσοιμεν we can no longer shirk one another, Il.20.427; ποῖ καί με φυγᾷ πτώσσουσι μυχῶν; to what corners have they fled to shun me? E.Hec.1066 (lyr.): c. acc. rei, [ὄρνιθες] νέφεα πτώσσουσαι shrinking from the clouds, Od.22.304; π. δόρυ, βροντήν, Q.S. 5.300, 7.531.
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