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χηλή). A word formed from the base χα- “to gape,” and used in various ways—of the cracks in a horse's hoof, for the hoof itself, and for many things that are hooked or forked—e. g. the claws of a crab, the talons of a bird, of a medical instrument (Hipp. 471, 54), of the notch of the arrow, of the two “fingers” of the “hand” (manucla) which in the catapulta (q. v.) grasped the back-drawn string, of a curved breakwater, and (in astronomy) of that part of the heavens next Virgo, embraced by the arms of the Scorpion ( Georg. i. 33).

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