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σπα?́θ-η , ,
A.any broad blade, of wood or metal:
1. flat wooden blade used by weavers in the upright loom (instead of the comb (κτείς) used in the horizontal), for striking the threads of the woof home, so as to make the web close, A.Ch.232, Philyll.12, Pl.Ly.208d; Dor. acc. pl. “σπάθα^ςAP6.288 (Leon.).
2. spattle for stirring anything, Alex.60; esp. for medical purposes, Gal. 13.378, Heraclid.Tar. ap. eund.13.812.
3. blade of an oar, Lyc. 23.
4. pl., broad ribs, Poll.2.181, Ruf.Oss.25, and so prob. in Hp.Gland.14, PMag.Par.1.3116, Paul.Aeg.3.78.
5. broad blade of a sword, “Χαλκίδικαι σπάθαιAlc.15.6; “σπάθῃ κολούων φασγάνουE. Fr.373; “σπάθην παραφαίνων . . χρυσένδετονPhilem.70; χλαμὺς καὶ ς. (cf. Ital. capa e spada) Men.Pk.165, Sam.314, cf. Thphr.Char.25.4.
6. scraper for currying horses, PSI4.430.6 (iii B.C.), Poll.1.185.
7. stem of a palm-frond, Hdt.7.69: also spathe of the flower in many plants, esp. of the palm kind, Thphr.HP2.6.6, 2.8.4, Poll. 1.244.
8. pl., flukes of an anchor, PLond.3.1164h).9 (iii A.D.).
9. pl.,= “ἀγκῶνες11.1, in machines, Orib.49.4.10.
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    • Aeschylus, Libation Bearers, 232
    • Herodotus, Histories, 7.69
    • Plato, Lysis, 208d
    • Theophrastus, Characters, 25.4
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