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cŏmĭtātus , ūs, m. comes.
I. An escort, an attending multitude, a train, retinue (in sing. and plur.).
2. Transf., of animals: “multo ceterarum volucrum comitatu,Tac. A. 6, 28.—
B. In partic., in the time of the empire, an imperial escort, retinue, court, suite, Tac. H. 2, 65; Plin. Pan. 20, 3; Dig. 49, 16, 13; Aus. Ep. 17; Symm. Ep. 8, 9; Aug. Ep. 129: “Osthanes exornatus comitatu Alexandri,honored with the right of attendance upon Alexander, Plin. 30, 1, 2, § 8; cf.: “deici congressu et comitatu,Tac. A. 13, 46.—
II. A company (without the accessory idea of attendance), a band, troop, crowd, swarm: “litterae, quaecumque erant in eo comitatu, etc.,Cic. Cat. 3, 3, 6; Caes. B. C. 1, 48; 1, 51; 1, 54; Sall. C. 45, 1; Liv. 28, 22, 4; Suet. Tib. 6 al.
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