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bīni , ae, a (in sing. only twice, Lucr. 4, 452, and 5, 877;
I.gen. plur. always binūm, Sisenn. ap. Non. p. 80, 4; Sall. H. 3, 22 Dietsch; Plin. 31, 6, 31, § 57; Scrib. Comp. 8), num. distr. [bis].
B. Taking the place of the cardinal number duo, with substt. which are plur. only, or with those which have a diff. signif. in the plur. from the sing. (cf. Serv. ad Verg. A. 8, 168): “binae (litterae),two, Cic. Att. 6, 1, 9: “bina castra,id. Phil. 12, 11, 27: “binae hostium copiae,id. Imp. Pomp. 4, 9; Val. Max. 1, 6, 2: “inter binos ludos,Cic. Verr. 2, 2, 52, § 130; cf.: “binis centesimis faeneratus est,id. ib. 2, 3, 70, § “165: bini codicilli,Suet. Oth. 10.—Esp.: bina milia, two thousand, Sisenn. ap. Non. p. 80, 4: “bina milia passuum,Quint. 6, 3, 77.—
II. Of things that are in pairs or double, a pair, double, two: “boves bini,a yoke of oxen, Plaut. Pers. 2, 5, 16; Lucr. 5, 1299: “si forte oculo manus uni subdita supter Pressit eum... Omnia quae tuimur fieri tum bina tuendo, bina lumina, Binaque supellex, etc.,Lucr. 4, 449 sqq.: “corpus,id. 5, 879: “binos (scyphos) habebam,a pair, two of like form, Cic. Verr. 2, 4, 14, § 32: “per binos tabellarios,id. Att. 6, 1, 9; id. Fam. 10, 33, 3: “aeribus binis,Lucr. 4, 292: “bina hastilia,Verg. A. 1, 313: “aures,id. G. 1, 172: “frena,id. A. 8, 168: “fetus,id. E. 3, 30.—
B. Without subst.: “nec findi in bina secando,into two parts, Lucr. 1, 534: “si bis bina quot essent didicisset,Cic. N. D. 2, 18, 49.—
III. Bini, in mal. part. (cf. βινεῖ), Cic. Fam. 9, 22, 3.
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