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melathron, to, Ep. gen. sg. melathrophin Od.8.279:—
roof-tree, ridgepole, melathrophin exekechunto l.c., cf. 11.278, h.Ven.173, IG11(2).161A 105 (Delos, iii B. C.), 199A113 (ibid., pl.); epi prouchonti melathrôi Od. 19.544: generally, beam, LXX 3 Ki.7.9(20); ta m. tôn thuridôn PRyl. 233.5 (ii A. D.).

2. roof, Il.2.414, Od.18.150.

II. house, kuparissinon m. Pi.P.5.40; ouranion m., of heaven, E.Hec.1101 (lyr.): mostly in pl., Alc.Supp.19.2, etc.; m. en basileiois in the king's halls, A.Ch.343 (anap.), etc.; es domôn m. Id.Ag.957; of a cave used as a dwelling, S.Ph.147, E.Cyc.491 (both anap.).

2. lair of an animal, Opp.C.2.307.

3. cage, ib.4.107,423. (Acc. to EM576.16 from melainô, cf. kapnodokê; it is doubtful whether kmelethron is cogn.)