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βαλβίς deriv. uncertain

I.properly, the rope drawn across the race-course: mostly in pl., Lat. carceres, the posts marking the line whence the racers started, and to which they returned, Ar.:—then, any starting point, Eur., Ar.; metaph., πρὸς βαλβῖδα βίου Eur.
II.also any point to be gained, as the battlements (by one scaling a wall), Soph.

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