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dĕcānus , i, m. decem.
I. A chief of ten, one set over ten persons (late Lat.).
A. Over soldiers, Veg. Mil. 2, 8.—
B. Over monks, a dean, Hier. Ep. 22, no. 35.—
C. The chief of the corpse-bearers, Cod. Just. 1, 2, 4; 9.—
D. As a judge, Vulg. Exod. 18, 21; Deut. 1, 15.—
II. A kind of officer at the imperial court, Cod. 12, 27, 1.—
III. In astrology, the chief of ten parts of a zodiacal sign, Firm. Math. 2, 4.
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