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κείρω , fut. inf. κερέειν, aor. 1 ἔκερσα, κέρσε, mid. part. κειρόμενος, ipf. κείροντο, aor. inf. κείρασθαι: shear, shear off, cut down; κόμην, δοῦρα, τένοντε, Il. 23.146, Ω 450, Il. 10.546; then ‘consume,’ ‘waste,’ κτήματα, βίοτον, Od. 2.312, 143; fig., μάχης ἐπὶ (adv.) μήδεα κείρει, ‘cuts short,’ Il. 15.467; mid., cut off one's own hair (as an offering to the dead), Il. 23.46, Od. 4.198.
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