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τέκτων, ονος, ὁ (fem. in A.Ag.1406, E.Med.409), worker in wood, carpenter, joiner, τέκτονες ἄνδρες, οἵ οἱ ἐποίησαν θάλαμον καὶ δῶμα καὶ αὐλήν Il.6.315, cf. Sapph.91; τέκτονος υἱόν, Ἁρμονίδεω ..ὂς καὶ Ἀλεξάνδρῳ τεκτήνατο νῆας ἐί̈σας Il.5.59; νηῶν, δούρων τ., Od.9.126, 17.384, cf. 19.56, 21.43; [πίτυν] οὔρεσι τέκτονες ἄνδρες ἐξέταμον πελέκεσσι Il.13.390; τ., ὅς ῥά τε πάσης εὖ εἰδῇ σοφίης 15.411; τ. γὰρ ὢν ἔπρασσες οὐ ξυλουργικά E.Fr.988, cf. A.Fr.357, S.Fr.474, X.Mem.1.2.37: it is freq. opp. to a smith (χαλκεύς), Pl.Prt.319d, R.370d, X.HG3.4.17; to a mason (λιθολόγος), Th.6.44, cf. Ar.Av.1154: freq. in Inscrr., IG12.373.245, etc., and Papyri, PCair.Zen.27.3 (iii B.C.), etc.:—
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2. generally, any craftsman or workman, κεραοξόος τ. a worker in horn, Il.4.110, cf. S.Tr.768; rarely of metal-workers, h.Ven.12; τ. Δίου πυρὸς Κύκλωπας E.Alc.5; sculptor, statuary, ib. 348.

3. master in any art, as in gymnastics, Pi.N.5.49; of poets, τέκτονες σοφοὶ (sc. ἐπέων) Id.P.3.113; τέκτονες εὐπαλάμων ὕμνων Cratin.70 (ap.Ar.Eq.530); τέκτονες κώμων, i.e. the χορευταί, Pi.N. 3.4; τ. νωδυνίας, i.e. a physician, Id.P.3.6; δεξιᾶς χερὸς ἔργον, δικαίας τέκτονος a true workman, A.Ag.1406.

4. metaph., maker, author, νεικέων ib.152 (lyr.); κακῶν E.Med.409; γένους the author of a race, A.Supp.594 (lyr.), cf. 283; ψευδῶν τ. Heraclit.28; ὁ γὰρ χρόνος μ' ἔκαμψε, τ. μὲν σοφός Crates Com.39. (Cf. Skt. tákan- 'carpenter', tákati, tāi 'form by cutting, plane, chisel, chop', Lett. test, tēst 'hew, plane', etc.: cf. τέχνη.)