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σμερδ-α^λέος , α, Ion. η, ον, Ep. Adj. (Ar.Av.553 is mock-heroic),
A.terrible to look on, fearful, “δράκωνIl.2.309; of Odysseus when cast up by the sea, Od.6.137; ς. κεφαλή, of Scylla, 12.91; χαλκὸς ς. bronze dire-gleaming, Il.12.464, 13.192; of armour of all kinds, σάκος, αἰγίς, ἀορτήρ, 20.260, 21.401, Od.11.609; οἰκία ς., of Hades, Il.20.65; “ἔριςHes.Th.710; “πόλισμαAr. l.c.
2. terrible to hear, esp. in neut. as Adv., “σμερδαλέον δ᾽ ἐβόησεIl.8.92, etc.; ς. κονάβησαν, κονάβιζε, 2.334, Od.10.399: pl., σμερδαλέα κτυπέων, of Zeus, Il.7.479; “ς. ἰάχων5.302. (Prob. cogn. with Skt. márdati 'crush, crumble', Lat. mordere, OHG. smerzan, Engl. smart.
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