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προστᾰτ-ήριος, α, ον, standing before, δεῖμα π. καρδίας fear hovering before, or lording it over, my heart, A.Ag.976 (lyr.).

II. standing before, protecting, of Artemis, Id.Th.449; of Apollo as the tutelary god or (acc. to Hsch., Phot.) from his statue standing before the doors, S.El.637, Orac. ap. D.21.52, IG22.674.6, al.; π. θεοί CIG3530 (Cyme).

III. ὁ Π. (sc. μήν), a Boeot, month, Plu.2.655e.