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ἐπι-μαίομαι , imp. ἐπιμαίεο, ipf. ἐπεμαίετο, fut. ἐπιμάσσεται, aor. ἐπεμάσσατο, part. ἐπιμασσάμενος: (1) feel over, feel for, touch up; of the blind Polyphēmus feeling over the backs of his sheep, hoping to catch Odysseus, ὀίων ἐπεμαίετο νῶτα, Od. 9.441; Odysseus feeling for the right place to stab the sleeping Polyphēmus, χείῤ (dat.) ἐπιμασσάμενος, Od. 9.302; the surgeon probing a wound, ἕλκος δ᾽ ι?ητὴρ ἐπιμάσσεται, Il. 4.190; of touching one with the magic wand, ῥάβδῳ, Il. 13.429; horses with the whip, Il. 5.748.—(2) make for, strive for; τινός, Od. 12.220, ε 344, Il. 10.401.
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