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πυρφόρος 1 φέρω, Aesch.; of lightning, Pind., Aesch.:— πυρφόροι ὀϊστοί arrows with combustibles tied to them, Thuc. special senses,
1.epith. of Zeus in reference to his lightnings, Soph.; of Demeter, in reference to the torches used by her worshippers, Eur.; of Artemis, Soph.; —but θεὸς πυρφόρος the fire-bearing god, the god who produces plague or fever, id=Soph.
2. πυρφόρος, in the Lacedaemonian army, was the priest who kept the sacrificial fire, which was never allowed to go out, Xen.; hence proverb. of a total defeat, ἔδεε δὲ μηδὲ πυρφόρον περιγενέσθαι Hdt.

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