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ψάλλω , fut.
A.ψα^λῶLXX Jd.5.3, 1 Ep.Cor.14.15: aor. “ἔψηλαPl.Ly. 209b, etc., and in LXXἔψα_λαPs.9.12, al.:—pluck, pull, twitch, ψ. ἔθειραν pluck the hair, A.Pers.1062: esp. of the bow-string, τόξων χερὶ ψάλλουσι νευράς twang them, E.Ba.784; “κενὸν κρότονLyc.1453; ἐκ κέραος ψ. βέλος send a shaft twanging from the bow, APl.4.211 (Stat. Flacc.); so μιλτοχαρὴς σχοῖνος ψαλλομένη a carpenter's red line, which is twitched and then suddenly let go, so as to leave a mark, AP6.103 (Phil.): metaph., “γυναῖκας ἐξ ἀνδρῶν ψόγος ψάλλει, κενὸν τόξευμαE.Fr.499.
II. mostly of the strings of musical instruments, play a stringed instrument with the fingers, and not with the plectron, “ψῆλαι καὶ κρούειν τῷ πλήκτρῳPl. l. c., et ibi Sch.; “ἐάν τις ψήλας τὴν νήτην ἐπιλάβῃArist.Pr.919b15; “μουσικώτατος ὢν χατὰ χεῖρα δίχα πλήκτρου ἔψαλλεAth.4.183d; opp. κιθαρίζω, Hdt.1.155, SIG578.18 (Teos, ii B. C.); πρὶν μέν σ᾽ ἑπτάτονον ψάλλον (sc. τὴν λύραν) Ion Eleg.3.3: abs., Hdt. l. c., Ar.Eq.522, Hippias (?) in PHib.1.13.24; “κόραιςMen.Epit.260; “ψάλλειν [οὐκ ἔνι] ἄνευ λύραςLuc.Par.17:—Prov., ῥᾷον τις ἂν χορδὴν ψήλειε 'as easy as falling off a log', Aristid.Or.26(14).31.
2. later, sing to a harp, LXX Ps.7.18, 9.12, al.; “τῇ καρδίᾳEp.Eph.5.19; τῷ πνεύματι 1 Ep.Cor. l. c.
3. Pass., of the instrument, to be struck or played,ψαλλομένη χορδήArist.Pr.919b2; also of persons, to be played to on the harp, Macho ap.Ath.8.348f.
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    • Aeschylus, Persians, 1062
    • Aristophanes, Knights, 522
    • Euripides, Bacchae, 784
    • Herodotus, Histories, 1.155
    • New Testament, 1 Corinthians, 14.15
    • Old Testament, Psalm, 9.12
    • Plato, Lysis, 209b
    • New Testament, Ephesians, 5.19
    • Old Testament, Psalm, 7.18
    • Lucian, De parasito sive artem esse parasiticam, 17
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