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bĭdental , ālis, n.; in the lang. of religion,
I.a place struck by lightning, consecrated by the haruspices, and enclosed; so called from the offering, bidens, with which the lightning was propitiated (v. also puteal), Fest. p. 27; Non. p. 53, 26; cf. O. Müll. Etrusk. 2, p. 171; v. Dict. of Antiq. (perh. it is better to explain bidens here as = fulmen, from its forked form; thus Bidental = Fulminar, the temple, or the consecrated place of lightning): triste bidental Moverit incestus, * Hor. A. P. 471; Pers. 2, 27; Sid. Carm. 9, 191; App. de Deo Socr. p. 46, 41; Inscr. Orell. 2483; cf. Luc. 1, 606; 8, 864.— The priest of a bidental: “BIDENTALIS,Inscr. Grut. 96, 5 and 6.
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