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μέλισσα^ , Att. μέλι-ττα , ης, , (perh. by haplology for μελι-λιχ-yα 'honey-licker', cf. Skt.
A.madhu-lih- (corresp. with Gr. Μεθυ-λιχ-) 'bee') bee, Od.13.106, etc.; of wild bees, that live in rocks, Il.2.87, cf. 12.167; of honey-bees, that live in hives, Hes. Th.594; “σμῆνος μελισσᾶνA. Pers.128 (lyr.), cf. Hdt.4.194, 5.10:—Phrases: “ὥσπερ μέλιττα τὸ κέντρον ἐγκαταλιπώνPl. Phd.91c; ὄνος ἐν μελίτταις 'a hornets' nest', Crates Com.36; cf. “μέλι1.2 fin.
II. the term μέλισσα was applied
1. to poets, from their culling the beauties of nature, “ἔνθεν ὡσπερεὶ μ. Φρύνιχος . . μελέων ἀπεβόσκετο καρπόνAr. Av.748; “μ. ΜούσηςId.Ec.974 (lyr.); “μ. Ἤρινναν Μουσῶν ἄνθεα δρεπτομένανAP7.13 (Leon. or Mel.); esp. of Sophocles, Sch.Ar.V.460.
2. to the priestesses of Delphi, Pi.P.4.60; of Demeter and Artemis, Sch.Pi. l.c., Porph. Antr.18; of Cybele, Did. ap. Lact. Inst.1.22.
3. in Neo-Platonic Philos., any pure, chaste being, of souls coming to birth, Porph. Antr.19; of the Moon, ib.18.
IV. = ὀβολός, Hsch.
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  • Cross-references in general dictionaries from this page (13):
    • Aeschylus, Persians, 128
    • Aristophanes, Birds, 748
    • Aristophanes, Ecclesiazusae, 974
    • Aristophanes, Wasps, 460
    • Herodotus, Histories, 4.194
    • Herodotus, Histories, 5.10
    • Hesiod, Theogony, 594
    • Homer, Iliad, 12.167
    • Homer, Odyssey, 13.106
    • Plato, Phaedo, 91c
    • Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus, 481
    • Homer, Iliad, 2.87
    • Sophocles, Ichneutae, 155
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