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θέλγω , ipf. θέλγε, iter. θέλγεσκε, fut. θέλξω, aor. ἔθελξα, pass. pres. opt. θέλγοιτο, aor. 3 pl. ἔθελχθεν: charm, enchant; Hermes with his magic wand, ἀνδρῶν ὄμματα θέλγει, ‘charms’ their eyes, ‘entrances,’ puts them to sleep, Il. 24.343, Od. 5.47; so Poseidon casts a blindness upon Alcathous, θέλξα_ς ὄσσε φαεινά, Il. 13.435; usually in a bad sense, of ‘bewitching,’ ‘beguiling,’ νόον, θυ_μόν, Il. 12.255, Il. 15.322; ἐπέεσσιν, ψεύδεσσι, δόλῳ, γ 264, Il. 21.276, 604; of love, pass., Od. 18.612; rarely in good sense, Od. 17.514, 521.
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