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ποικίλος 1

I.many-coloured, spotted, mottled, pied, dappled, of leopards, fawns, Hom., etc.
II.of robes, wrought in various colours, broidered, Il., etc.; ἐν ποικίλοις κάλλεσιν, of a rich carpet, Aesch.; so, τὰ ποικίλα id=Aesch.
2.of metal work, τεύχεα π. χαλκῷ in-wrought with brass, Il., etc.: but, π. δεσμός intricate, Od.
3. στοὰ ποικίλη, the Poecile or great hall at Athens adorned with paintings of the battle of Marathon by Polygnotus, Aeschin., etc.
III.metaph. changeful, various, diversified, manifold, Aesch., Plat.;— π. μῆνες the changing months, Pind.
2.of Art, π. ὕμνος a song of changeful strain or full of diverse art, id=Pind.; so, ποικίλον κιθαρίζων id=Pind.
3.intricate, complex, Hdt., Soph., etc.: —adv., ποικίλως αὐδώμενος speaking in double sense, Soph.
b.of abstruse knowledge, intricate, subtle, ποικίλον τι εἰδέναι Eur.; οὐδὲν π. nothing abstruse or difficult, Plat.:—so, of persons, subtle, wily, Aesch.; π. γὰρ ἁνήρ Ar.
4.changeable, changeful, unstable, Arist.:— ποικίλως ἔχειν to be different, Xen.

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