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ὄρνις gen. ὄρνι_θος; acc. ὄρνι^θα and ὄρνιν as if from ὄρνιξ οἰωνός, a bird of omen, from the flight or cries of which the augur divined, Hom., Soph.
2.metaph., like Lat. avis for augurium, the omen or prophecy taken from the flight or cries of birds, Hom., etc.:—then, generally, an omen, presage, without direct reference to birds, Il. attic, ὄρνις, is mostly a cock, ὄρνις, , a hen, Soph., Ar., etc. pl. sometimes the bird-market, Ar., Dem.
V.Μοισᾶν ὄρνιθες birds of the Muses, i. e. Poets, Theocr.:— proverb., ὀρνίθων γάλα "pigeon's milk, " i. e. any marvellous dainty or good fortune, Ar.

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