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μειλίχ-ιος, α, ον, also ος, ον Plu.2.370d, cf. Hsch.:—
gentle, soothing, Hom. mostly of speech, μειλιχίοις ἐπέεσσι Il.12.267, al.; μ. μῦθος Od.6.148, cf. B.10.90: without Subst., προσαυδᾶν μειλιχίοισι with gentle words, Il.4.256, 6.214; οἱ δέ τ' ἐς αὐτὸν τερπόμενοι λεύσσουσιν&#χ2014;
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αἰδοῖ μειλιχίῃ Od.8.172
; θεὸν ὣς ἱλάσκονται αἰδοῖ μειλιχίῃ Hes.Th.92. Adv. -ίως A.R.2.467, etc.: neut. as Adv., μειλίχιον μυκήσατο Mosch.2.97.

II. later of persons, mild, gracious, Ζεὺς M. the protector of those who invoked him with propitiatory offerings, at Athens, IG12.866 (written Μιλίχιος), Th.1.126, X.An.7.8.4; at Orchomenus in Boeotia, IG7.3169 (written Μιλίχιος BCH50.422 (Thespiae)); in Argolis, Paus.2.20.1, etc.; of other divinities, as Dionysus, Plu.2.994a, etc.; Κύπρις AP5.225 (Paul. Sil.): Cret., Theraean Μηλίχιος GDI5046 (Hierapytna), al., IG12(3).406, 1316; early Ion. Μειλίχιος written Μελ- ib.12(5).727 (Andros); Arc. written Μελίχιος ib.5(2).90 (Tegea, perh. iv B. C.).

III. μειλίχια (sc. ἱερά) propitiatory offerings, Plu.2.417c; so perh. μ. ποτά S.OC159 (lyr., but expld. by Sch. as referring to honey mixed in the drink-offerings).