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γόνυ , gen. γούνατος and γουνός, pl. γούνατα and γοῦνα, gen. γούνων, dat. γούνασι and γούνεσσι: knee; γόνυ κάμπτειν, phrase for sitting down to rest, ἐπὶ γούνεσσι καθίσσα_ς, taking upon the ‘lap,’ Il. 9.488, Il. 5.370; freq. as typical of physical strength, εἰσόκε μοι φίλα γούνατ᾽ ὀρώρῃ, so long as my ‘knees can spring,’ so long as my strength shall last; but oftenest of suddenly failing strength, swooning, death, πολλῶν ἀνδρῶν ὑπὸ γούνατ᾽ ἔλυ_σεν (Helen caused the death of many men); λύτο γούνατα, Od. 4.703, ‘knees were relaxed,’ of Penelope. From the custom of embracing the knees in supplication come the phrases γοῦνα or γούνων λαβεἶν, ἅψασθαι, ὑπὲρ γούνων or γούνων λίσσεσθαι, ‘by’ the knees, ‘by your life’; hence θεῶν ἐν γούνασι κεῖται, ‘rests with’ the gods, ‘in the gift’ of the gods, Od. 1.267.
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