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κόγχ-η , ,
A.mussel or (perh.) cockle, Emp.76.1, Sophr.25, X.An.5.3.8, Arar. 8.2, Posidipp.14.2; including several species, Arist.HA528a22, 547b13, 622b2; “ἀνέχασκον ἐμφερέστατα ὀπτωμέναις κόγχαισινAr.Fr. 68; κόγχην διελεῖν to open a mussel, prov. of an easy task, Telecl. 19; κόγχης ἄξιον, i.e. worthless, Hsch., Suid.
2. shell-full, a small measure of capacity, Pherecr.143.3, Hp.Nat.Mul.32, Morb.3.15, Thphr.HP9.6.2.
II. anything like a mussel-shell, esp. shell-like cavity in the body, as,
1. hollow of the ear, Ruf.Onom.44, Poll.2.86.
2. knee-pan, ib.188.
III. case round a seal attached to documents, Ar.V.585.
IV. niche for a statue, CIG4556 (Palestine); apse, Epigr.Gr.446.3 (Medjed).
V. fourth part of a sphere, Hero *Stereom.1.40. (Cf. Skt. śa[ndot ]khás 'conch-shell'.)
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    • Aristophanes, Wasps, 585
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