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θηρίον 1 in form a Dim. of θήρ, but in usage equiv. to it.

I.a wild animal, beast, of a stag, Od.;—of savage beasts, Hdt., Xen., etc.; but, of a pig, Plat.; of a dog, Theocr.:—in pl. beasts, opp. to men, birds, and fishes, wild animals, game, Hdt., Plat.:—proverb., θηρίον θεός, i. e. either below or above the nature of man, Arist. animal, Hdt., Plat.
3.a poisonous animal, reptile, serpent, NTest.
II.also as real Dim. a little animal, insect, of bees, Theocr. a term of reproach, beast! like Lat. bellua, French bete, Ar., Plat.

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