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ἤλεκτρον , τό, and ἤλεκτρος , or (gender indeterminate in Hom., Hes., and Pl., neut. in Hdt.3.115, Thphr.HP9.18.2, Ti.Locr.102a, masc. in S.Ant.1038 codd., D.P.293, fem. in Ar.Eq.532, Alex. Aphr.Pr.Praef.),
II. an alloy of gold and silver, “χρυσοῦ τ᾽ ἠλέκτρου τε καὶ ἀργύρου ἠδ᾽ ἐλέφαντοςOd.4.73, cf. Hes.Sc.142, Hom.Epigr.15.10, Pytheas ap.Ath. 11.465d; τἀπὸ Σάρδεων . S.Ant.1038 (cj.): in pl., of the pegs of a lyre, “ἐκπιπτουσῶν τῶν ἠλέκτρωνAr.Eq.532. (The two senses are difficult to distinguish in early Poetry; cf. Paus.5.12.7, Plin.HN33.80, 37.31. The word is connected with ἠλέκτωρ.)
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  • Cross-references in general dictionaries from this page (11):
    • Aristophanes, Knights, 532
    • Herodotus, Histories, 3.115
    • Hesiod, Shield of Heracles, 142
    • Homer, Odyssey, 15.460
    • Homer, Odyssey, 18.296
    • Homer, Odyssey, 4.73
    • Pausanias, Description of Greece, 5.12.7
    • Plato, Timaeus, 80c
    • Sophocles, Antigone, 1038
    • Apollonius Rhodius, Argonautica, 4.606
    • Pliny the Elder, Naturalis Historia, 37.31
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