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argentum , i, n. ἀργήεις, ἀργής, Dor. ἀργᾶς, white, like Tarentum, from Τάρας, Doed. Syn. III. p. 193; prop. white metal; cf. Sanscr. arǵunas = bright; raǵatam = silver; hence,
I.silver, whose mineralogical description is found in Plin. 33, 6, 31, § 95.
B. Meton.
2. Silver as weighed out for money, or money coined from silver, silver, silver money; and, as the most current coin, for money in gen.: “appendit pecuniam, quadringentos siclos argenti,Vulg. Gen. 23, 16: Ratio quidem hercle adparet; argentum οἴχεται, Plaut. Trin. 2, 4, 15 sq. (quoted by Cic., Pis. 25 fin.): “expetere,id. Cist. 4, 2, 73: “adnumerare,Ter. Ad. 3, 3, 15; so id. Heaut. 4, 4, 15; id. Ad. 3, 3, 56; 4, 4, 20; 5, 9, 20 al.: “argenti sitis famesque,Hor. Ep. 1, 18, 23; id. S. 1, 1, 86: “quis audet Argento praeferre caput,Juv. 12, 49: “tenue argentum venaeque secundae,id. 9, 31: “hic modium argenti,id. 3, 220: “venter Argenti gravis capax,id. 11, 41: “Argentum et aurum non est mihi,Vulg. Act. 3, 6; 20, 35 et saep.—
II. Argentum vivum, quicksilver, Plin. 33, 6, 32, § 100; Vitr. 7, 8, 1 sqq.; so, “argentum liquidum,Isid. Orig. 16, 19, 2.
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