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πτώσσω 1 collat. form of πτήσσω only in pres. crouch or cower from fear, properly of animals (cf. πτάξ, πτώξ, πτωκάς), Od.; πτώσσουσι καθ᾽ ὕδωρ flee cowering into the water, id=Od.; of men, id=Od.; πτ. ὑφ᾽ Ἕκτορι fly cowering before Hector, id=Od.; so, εἰς ἐρημίαν πτ. Eur. go cowering or cringing about, like a beggar, Od., Hes.
II.c. acc. pers., οὐδ᾽ ἔτι ἀλλήλους πτώσσοιμεν let us no longer flee from one another, Il.; ποῖ καί με φυγᾷ πτώσσουσι; whither have they fled for fear of me? Eur.

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