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νιφάς 1 νίφω

I.a snowflake, in pl. snowflakes, Il., Hdt.; as a simile for persuasive eloquence, ἔπεα νιφάδεσσι ἐοικότα χειμερίῃσιν Il.:—the sg. in collective sense, a snowstorm, snow, id=Il., Pind.
2.generally, a shower of stones, Aesch., Eur.; ν. πολέμου the sleet of war, Pind. fem. adj., = νιφόεσσα, Soph.

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