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exordĭum , ii, n. exordior, I..
I. Prop., the beginning, the warp of a web (rare): “non possum togam praetextam sperare, cum exordium pullum videam,Quint. 5, 10, 71.—
II. Transf., in gen., a beginning, commencement (the usual meaning; syn.: initium, principium, primordium): neve inde navis inchoandae exordium Coepisset, quae, etc., Enn. ap. Auct. Her. 2, 22, 34 (Trag. v. 282 ed. Vahl.): “hujus quoque exordium mali, quoniam principium boni diximus, explicemus,Cic. Inv. 1, 3, 3; cf.: institutae rei publicae clarum ac tam omnibus notum, id. Rep. 2, 2: “a qua totius vitae ducat exor dium,id. Fin. 5, 7, 18; cf.: “a quibus tempo ribus scribendi capiat exordium,id. Leg. 1, 3, 8: “paene ab exordio Urbis,Suet. Vesp. 8; id. Tib. 42: “tertius (annus) a prima vigilia sumens exordium,Amm. 26, 1, 9.—In plur.: “rerum,Lucr. 2, 333; 3, 31; 4, 114; cf. Verg. E. 6, 33: “priva animaï,Lucr. 3, 380: “solis lunaeque,id. 5, 471: “rationis,id. 1, 149: “primae pugnae,Verg. A. 7, 40 et saep.—
2. Transf., a writing, treatise, in gen., Col. 5, 11, 13; 7, 5, 1; 7, 12, 1 al.
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