τέρεν, round; Lat. ter-es. The word is used by H. (1) of flesh, 4.237, 13.553, 14.406; (2) of tears, here, 16.11, 19.323, Od. 16.332; (3) of leaves, 13.180, Od. 12.357; (4) “ἄνθεα ποίης” Od. 9.449. The ordinary explanation, ‘tender,’ does not suit either (1) or (2), for the flesh to which it is applied is always that of stalwart warriors, not of women or children; it rather indicates the firm rounded muscles (cf. Lat. tor-us). As applied to leaves and bloom it means ‘swelling with sap,’ full of fresh life.
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