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ἤλεκτρον, τό, and ἤλεκτρος, ὁ or ἡ (gender indeterminate in Hom., Hes., and Pl., neut. in Hdt.3.115, Thphr.HP9.18.2, Ti.Locr.102a, masc. in S.Ant.1038 codd., D.P.293, fem. in Ar.Eq.532, Alex. Aphr.Pr.Praef.), amber (cf. Ἠλεκτρίδες), [ὅρμος] μετὰ ..ἠλέκτροισιν (i.e. pieces of amber) ἔερτο Od.15.460, cf. 18.296, Hdt.3.115, Pl.Ti. 80c, Phld.Sign.1, D.L.1.24, etc.; ἠλέκτρου λιβάδες A.R.4.606.

II. an alloy of gold and silver, χρυσοῦ τ' ἠλέκτρου τε καὶ ἀργύρου ἠδ' ἐλέφαντος Od.4.73, cf. Hes.Sc.142, Hom.Epigr.15.10, Pytheas ap.Ath. 11.465d; τἀπὸ Σάρδεων ἤ. S.Ant.1038 (cj.): in pl., of the pegs of a lyre, ἐκπιπτουσῶν τῶν ἠλέκτρων Ar.Eq.532. (The two senses are difficult to distinguish in early Poetry; cf. Paus.5.12.7, Plin.HN33.80, 37.31. The word is connected with ἠλέκτωρ.)