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σκαι-ός , ά, όν,
A.left, on the left hand, poet. for ἀριστερός (used by Prose writers in metaph. sense, and once by Pl. in literal sense, Phdr.266a; also in Dor. Prose, ἐν σκαιάν,= ἐς ἀριστεράν, SIG636.22 (Delph., ii B.C.; σκαγαν lapis)); “τὸ ς. ὄμμα παραβαλώνA.Fr.308 (cf. Ath.7.303c); in Hom. always in dat. σκαιῇ (sc. χειρί), with the left hand, Il.1.501, al.; χειρὶ ς. Hes.Th.179:—hence,
II. western, westward (for the Greek diviner always turned his face northward, and so had the West on his left): hence Σκαιαὶ πύλαι the West-gate of Troy, Il.3.145, al., cf. Hsch. (otherwise expld. by Sch. ad loc.); ς. ῥίον either, on the left, or west headland, Od.3.295; ς. λιμήν Orac. ap.D.S.8.21; “πόροςD.P.161,481,541.
2. unlucky, ill-omened, mischievous (cf. “δεξιός11), φιλοτιμίη κτῆμα ς. Hdt.3.53; σεσιγαμένον οὐ σκαιότερον χρῆμ᾽ ἕκαστον a thing is none the worse for remaining unsaid, Pi.O.9.104; ς. ἐκλύσων στόμα about to speak mischief, S.Aj. 1225.
2. of words, thoughts, or actions, “-ότατον ἔποςAr.Av.174, cf. Arist.Rh.Al.1430b7; “ς. καινουργίαOGI569.18 (Arycanda, iv A.D.).—In these senses σκαιός is opp. to δεξιός (q.v.).
IV. aslant, crooked, of serpents, Nic.Th.266; cf. σκοιός. (Prob. σκαιϝός, cf. Lat. scaevus.
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