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βάλᾰνος [βᾰ], ἡ, acorn, Od.10.242, 13.409, Arist.HA603b31, Thphr.HP3.8.3: any similar fruit, date, Hdt.1.193, X.An.2.3.15, Arr.Ind.11.8; Διὸς β. v. Διοσβάλανος; β. μυρεψική bān, Balanites aegyptiaca, Dsc.4.157, cf. Thphr.HP4.2.1.

2. tree which bears βάλανοι, ib.6, Plb.34.8.1, LXX Ge.35.8.

II. from similarity of shape,

1. a sea shell-fish, barnacle, Arist.HA535a24,547b22, Xenocr. ap. Orib.2.58.50.

2. glans penis,Arist.HA493a27,Ar.Lys. 413, Gal.10.381.

3. air-vessel of a seaweed, bladder-wrack, Fucus vesiculosus, Thphr.HP4.6.9.

4. iron peg, bolt-pin, Ar.V.200, Th.2.4, Aen.Tact.18.1,al.

5. fastening for necklaces, Ar.Lys.410.

6. Medic., suppository, Hp.Epid.1.26.ά, Aret.CA 1.1.

b. pledget, pessary, Hp.Mul.1.84.

7. ballot-ball, Arist.Ath.63.2. (Lat. glans, Slav. ελδῐ, Lith. γὶλε̄.)