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ψῑλ-όω, strip bare, mostly of hair, ψ. τὴν κεφαλήν τινος Hdt.4.26; ψιλοῦν τὰ δέρματα Thphr.HP9.20.3; ψ. τὰ δένδρα strip them bare, ib.4.14.9:—
Pass., become bald, ψιλοῦτο δὲ καλὰ κάρηνα Hes.Fr.29; χελιδόνες ..ἐψιλωμέναι bare of feathers, Arist.HA600a16.

II. c. gen., strip bare of, σαρκῶν ἐπωμίδα Hp.Art.1:—
Pass., ὀστέων κατήγματα ἐψιλωμένα Id.Aph.5.22, cf. Art.69, Arist.HA519b5.

2. strip, rob, deprive of a thing, ψ. [τινὰ] τὰ πλεῖστα τῆς δυνάμιος Hdt.2.151; τινὰ χρημάτων Alciphr.1.18: abs. in same sense, X.Cyr.4.5.12:—
Pass., ἐλπίδος ὁ καιρὸς ἐψιλώθη Phld.Herc.1232p.67V.

3. generally, leave naked, unarmed, or defenceless, Th.3.109.

4. Pass., to be laid bare, of roots, X.Oec.17.12 sq.; ψιλωθέντα κέρατα exposed, unprotected, Plb.3.73.7; τὸ ψιλούμενον στεγαστέον X.Eq.12.7.

5. strip off, pull out, τρίχας Dsc.2.179:—
Pass., of things, to be stripped off something, τὰ κρέα ἐψιλωμένα τῶν ὀστέων Hdt.4.61; cf. ψίλωμα.

III. Gramm., write or pronounce with the spiritus lenis, or a littera tenuis, opp. δασύνω, Phld.Rh.1.155S., cf. EM780.31 (Pass.), D.T.Supp.675.11, A.D.Synt.39.1, Pron.57.2, Eust.515.38, Tz.H. 11.53.