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πέλεκυς axe for felling trees, with two edges, opp. to the ἡμιπέλεκκον, Hom., Xen.
2.a sacrificial axe, Hom.—That it was not, properly, a battle axe appears from the phrase, οὐ δόρασι μάχεσθαι, ἀλλὰ καὶ πελέκεσι to fight not with spears only, but with common axes, i. e. to the last, Hdt. Theophr. Char., πέλεκυς as a child's nickname seems to mean a sharp blade.

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