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πέλεκυς , εος, pl. dat. πελέκεσσι: axe or hatchet, for felling trees, Il. 23.114, Il. 17.520; double-edged, Od. 5.234, see ἡμιπέλεκκα. A sacrificial instrument in Od. 3.449. In the contest with the bow of Odysseus the ‘axes’ were either axheads without the handles, arranged in line, or iron blocks resembling axes, made for the purpose of target-shooting, Od. 19.573.
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