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σφάζω Root ΣΦΑΓ slay, slaughter, properly by cutting the throat (v. σφαγή II), Hom.
II.esp. to slaughter victims for sacrifice, Il., Eur.
2.generally to slay, kill, first applied to human victims, Pind., Trag.; σφ. τινὰ ἐς τὸν κρητῆρα so that the blood run into the bowl, Hdt.

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