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θῆλυς *θάω to suckle

I.of female sex, female, θήλεια θεός a goddess, Il.; θήλειαι ἵπποι mares, Od.; σύες θήλειαι sows, id=Od.; ὄϊς θῆλυς a ewe, Il.; ἄπαις θήλεος γόνου without female issue, Hdt.:— θήλεα, attic -εια, the female, id=Hdt., Aesch.; χρῆμα θηλειῶν woman-kind, Eur.; τὸ θῆλυ γένος or τὸ θῆλυ the female sex, woman kind, id=Eur.
2.of or belonging to women, Hdt., Aesch.; θ. φόνος murder by women, Eur. Gramm. feminine.
II.applied to persons and things,
1.fresh, refreshing, of dew, Hes.
2.tender, delicate, gentle, θηλύτεραι γυναῖκες, θηλύτεραι θεαί (where the comp. is used much like a Positive), Hom.; θῆλυς ἀπὸ χροιᾶς delicate of skin, Theocr.; of character, soft, yielding, weak, γυνὴ θῆλυς οὖσα Soph.

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