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durior, ‘more heartless’ than the tree in its ‘stubborn hardihood.’

fallacior, ‘more tricksy.’ The comparison is with water as described in the epithet tenuis, with that penetrative power which makes it difficult to deny it ingress or egress. The same feeling is expressed in Theocr. XI. 22: “φοιτῇς δ᾽ αὖθ᾽ οὑτῶς, ὅκκα γλυκὺς ὕπνος ἔχῃ με οἴχῃ δ᾽ εὐθὺς ἰοῖς᾿, ὅκκα γλυκὺς ὕπνος ἀνῇ με.

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