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χέλυς , υ^ος, ,
A.tortoise, h.Merc.33.
2. lyre (since Hermes made the first lyre by stretching strings on a tortoise's shell, which acted as a sounding-board), ib.25,153, Sapph.45, A.Fr.314; “καθ᾽ ἑπτάτονον ὀρείαν χ.E.Alc.448 (lyr.), cf. HF683 (lyr.).
3. the constellation Lyra, Arat.268.
II. arched breast, chest, from its like ness of shape to the back of a tortoise, Hp.Anat.1, E.El. 837; cf. “χελώνιον11. [υ_ in nom. and acc. sg., h.Merc.33,153; later υ^, Call.Ap.16, Arat.268, Opp.H.5.404.] (Cf. OSlav. žely 'tortoise'.)
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  • Cross-references in general dictionaries from this page (6):
    • Euripides, Alcestis, 448
    • Euripides, Electra, 11
    • Euripides, Electra, 837
    • Euripides, Heracles, 683
    • Homeric Hymns, Hymn 4 to Hermes, 33
    • Homeric Hymns, Hymn 4 to Hermes, 153
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