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Dĕcember , bris, m. decem and -ber, = fer, Sanscr. bhar, to carry, bear: cf. Septem-ber, etc.,
I.the tenth month of the Roman year, reckoned from March, and consequently our twelfth, December (containing, as now, 31 days): "dehinc quintus (mensis) Quintilis et sic deinceps usque ad Decembrem a numero," Varr. L. L. 6, § 34 Müll.; Cic. Leg. 2, 21 fin.: “acceptus Geniis December (on account of the Saturnalia celebrated in this month),Ov. F. 3, 58; cf. Sen. Ep. 18: “canus,Mart. 1, 50: “gelidus,Ov. Tr. 1, 11, 3; cf.: “fumosus,id. ib. 2, 491.—
b. Adj.: “ut adesset senatus frequens a. d. VIII. Kalendas Decembres,Cic. Phil. 3, 8: “Nonae Decembres,Hor. Od. 3, 18, 10: “Idibus Decembribus,Liv. 4, 37: libertate Decembri utere (i. e. of the Saturnalia), Hor. S. 2, 7, 4.—
II. As closing the year, meton. for the (past) year: “hic tertius December, ex quo, etc.,Hor. Epod. 11, 5; cf.: “me quater undenos implevisse Decembres,id. Ep. 1, 20, 27.—
2. Dĕcember , bris, m., a Roman surname, Inscr. Grut. 241; 676 al.; name of a slave, Dig. 40, 5, 41, § 15.
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