I.one wing of a pair of double gates
: mostly in pl. the gates of a town
, opp. to θύρα (a house-door)
2.in Trag., sometimes, of the house-door.
, periphr. for the nether world, hell
generally, an entrance
, of the liver, π. καὶ δοχαὶ χολῆς the orifice
and receptacle of gall, Eur.
2.an entrance into a country through mountains, a mountain-pass
: esp. Πύλαι, ῶν, αἱ
, the common name for Θερμοπύλαι
, the pass round the mountains
from Thessaly to Locris, considered the gates
of Greece, id=Hdt.
; so, of the pass
from Syria into Cilicia, Xen.
also of narrow straits
, by which one enters a broad sea, ἐπ᾽ αὐταῖς λίμνης π.
, of the Thracian Bosporus, Aesch.
; ἐν πύλαις
, of the Euripus, Eur.