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flamma , ae (archaic
I.gen. sing. flammaï, Lucr. 1, 725; 900; 5, 1099), f. for flagma, v. flagro; cf. Gr. φλέγμα, from φλέγω, a blazing fire, a blaze, flame (cf. ignis).
b. Provv.
(α). Flamma fumo est proxima: “Fumo comburi nihil potest, flamma potest,” i. e. the slightest approach to impropriety leads to vice, Plaut. Curc. 1, 1, 53. —
(β). E flamma cibum petere, to snatch food from the flames, i. e. to be reduced to extremities for want of it, Ter. Eun. 3, 2, 38 (cf. Cat. 59).—
(γ). Prius undis flamma (sc. miscebitur), sooner will fire mingle with water, of any thing impossible, Poët. ap. Cic. Phil. 13, 21, 49.—
(δ). Unda dabit flammas, Ov. Tr. 1, 8, 4.—(ε) flamma recens parva sparsa resedit aqua, = obsta principiis, Ov. H. 17, 190.—
B. Transf.
1. Of color, flame-color: “reddit flammam excellentis purpurae,Plin. 35, 6, 27, § 46: “stant lumina (i. e. oculi) flammā,his eyes glare with fire, Verg. A. 6, 300; cf.: “rubrā suffusus lumina flammā,Ov. M. 11, 368.—
2. Fever-heat, Ov. M. 7, 554.—
II. Trop., viz., acc. as the notion of glowing heat or of destructive power predominates (cf. flagro, II.).—
B. A devouring flame, destructive fire, suffering, danger: “incidi in ipsam flammam civilis discordiae vel potius belli,Cic. Fam. 16, 11, 2: “invidiae,id. de Or. 3, 3, 11: “is se tum eripuit flammā,id. Brut. 23, 90: “implacatae gulae,” i. e. raging hunger, Ov. M. 8, 849.—
C. Flamma Jovis, the name of a red flower, Plin. 27, 7, 27, § 44.
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