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πύλη 1 wing of a pair of double gates, Hdt.: mostly in pl. the gates of a town, opp. to θύρα (a house-door), Il., attic Trag., sometimes, of the house-door.
3.Ἀΐδαο πύλαι, periphr. for the nether world, hell, Hom., Aesch., etc.
II.generally, an entrance, of the liver, π. καὶ δοχαὶ χολῆς the orifice and receptacle of gall, Eur. entrance into a country through mountains, a mountain-pass, Hdt.: 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., etc.
3.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.

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