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alvĕārĭum , ii, n. (in Col. four times alveāre , is, n.) [alveus], a hollow vessel swelling out in the middle.—Hence,
I. A beehive: “seu lento fuerint alvearia (four syl. per synaeresin) vimine texta,Verg. G. 4, 33; * Cic. Oecon. Fragm. ap. Charis. p. 82 P.; Plin. 12, 20, 43, § 98.—
II. A beehouse, apiary: “circum villam totam alvearium facere,Varr. R. R. 3, 16, 12.—
III. A kneading-trough, Tert. adv. Val. 31.
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