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πέλαγος 1

I.the sea, esp. the high sea, open sea, the main, Lat. pelagus, Hom., etc.; joined with other words denoting sea, ἁλὸς ἐν πελάγεσσιν (cf. aequora ponti), Od.; πόντιον π. or πόντου π., Pind.; ἅλς πελαγία Aesch.; ἅλιον π. Eur.: often of parts of the sea (θάλασσα), Αἰγαῖον π. Aesch.; ἐκ μεγάλων πελαγῶν, τοῦ τε Τυρσηνικοῦ καὶ τοῦ Σικελιοῦ Thuc.
II.metaph., of any vast quantity, π. κακῶν a "sea of troubles, " Aesch.; π. δύης id=Aesch.; εἰς τὸ π. τῶν λόγων Plat.; also of great difficulties, Soph.

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