previous next
ἕλιξ (B), poet. εἷλιξ , ι^κος, , (ἑλίσσω)
A.anything which assumes a spiral shape: once in Hom., γναμπτάς θ᾽ ἕλικας, of armlets or ear-rings, Il.18.401 (cf. ἑλικτήρ), cf. h.Ven.87, Arist.Mir.840b20:—afterwards in various relations:
II. whirl, convolution, ἕλικες στεροπῆς flashes of forked lightning, A.Pr.1083 (anap.); of circular or spiral motion, “αἱ κινήσεις καὶ ἕλικες τοῦ οὐρανοῦArist.Metaph.998a5; “ἕλικα ἐκτυλίσσεινTi.Locr.97c; wreath of smoke, A.R.1.438.
III. tendril of the vine, Thphr.CP2.18.2; “βοσκὰς εὐφύλλων ἑλίκωνE.Hel.1331 (lyr.); βότρυος ἕλικα παυσίπονον the clustering grape, Ar.Ra. 1321 (lyr.).
2. tendril of ivy, Id.Th.1000; also, ivy. Hedera Helix, Thphr.HP3.18.6,7.8.1.
3. curl or lock of hair, AP10.19 (Apollonid.), 12.10 (Strat.), Anacreont.16.6.
4. coil of a serpent, E.HF399(lyr.): pl.,feelers of the polypus, AP9.14 (Antiphil. Byz.).
5. volute on the capital of a column, Callix.1, Vitr.4.1.12.
IV. convolution of a spiral shell (cf. “ἑλίκη11), Arist.HA547b11: pl., convolutions of the bowels, Id.PA 675b24: sg., colon, ib.675b20; also of the ear, An.420a13, Ruf. Onom.44.
V. spiral running round a staff, Ael.VH9.11, Ath. 12.543f; on a child's ball, A.R.3.139; spiral strip folded round the scytale, Plu.Lys.19.
2. Geom., spiral, Epicur.Ep.2p.40U., Hermesian. 7.86; περὶ ἑλίκων, title of work by Archim.; also,= κύκλος, Hsch.
b. of planets' orbit, Eudox.Ars5.3, Theo Sm.p.201 H.; but also of the sun's and moon's orbits, Eudox.Ars9.2.
3. helix, screw-windlass, employed in launching ships, invented by Archimedes, Moschioap.Ath.5.207b.
4. treadmill used to raise water, Ph.1.410.
VI. pl., involved sentences, D.H.Th.48.
VII. Adj. winding, “ ῥοῦς φέρεται ἕλικα πορείανDion.Byz.3.
hide Dictionary Entry Lookup
Use this tool to search for dictionary entries in all lexica.
Search for in
How to enter text in Greek:
hide References (12 total)
  • Cross-references in general dictionaries from this page (12):
    • Aeschylus, Prometheus Bound, 1083
    • Aristophanes, Frogs, 1321
    • Aristophanes, Thesmophoriazusae, 1000
    • Euripides, Helen, 1331
    • Euripides, Heracles, 399
    • Homer, Iliad, 18.401
    • Homeric Hymns, Hymn 5 to Aphrodite, 87
    • Apollonius Rhodius, Argonautica, 1.438
    • Apollonius Rhodius, Argonautica, 3.139
    • Plutarch, Lysander, 19
    • Dionysius of Halicarnassus, De Thucydide, 48
    • Aelian, Varia Historia, 9.11
hide Display Preferences
Greek Display:
Arabic Display:
View by Default:
Browse Bar: