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bĭpēs (˘˘, Aus. Idyll. 11, 39;
I.neutr. plur. bipedia, Aug. Mor. Manich. 9), pĕdis, adj. bis-pes, two-footed (mostly poet. or in post-Aug. prose): “equi,Verg. G. 4, 389: “mensa,Mart. 12, 32, 11: “Aegyptii mures bipedes ambulant,on two feet, Plin. 10, 65, 85, § 187: “alium bipedem sibi quaerit asellum,two legged ass, Juv. 9, 92: “animal genus, mortale species, terrenum vel bipes differens,Quint. 5, 10, 61.—
II. Subst., mostly contemptuously, of men: “hoc ministro omnium non bipedum solum sed etiam quadripedum impurissimo,Cic. Dom. 18, 48: Regulus omnium bipedum nequissimus, as great a rogue as walks on two legs, Modest. ap. Plin. Ep. 1, 5, 14; Cic. Dom. 18, 48; Lampr. Alex. Sev. 9; cf.: “bipes asellus, of a simple man,Juv. 9, 92: replevit eam (terram) bipedibus et quadrupedibus. Vulg. Baruch. 3, 32.
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