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grando , ĭnis, f. (
I.masc., Varr. ap. Non. 208, 11) [Sanscr. hrād-uni, storm; Gr. χάλαζα for χαλαδ-ια], hail, a hail-storm.
I. Lit., Plaut. Most. 1, 2, 58; id. Merc. 5, 2, 19; Cic. N. D. 3, 35, 86; Liv. 28, 37, 7; Verg. G. 1, 449; Hor. C. 1, 2, 2; 3, 1, 29 et saep.: nimbus cum saxea grandine subito est exortus ingens, hailstones, Auct. B. Afr. 47, 1.—In plur.: “terrere animos, nimbis, nivibus, grandinibus, etc.,Cic. N. D. 2, 5, 14: “grandines ruunt,Plin. 2, 38, 38, § 103.—
B. Transf., poet., a shower, i. e. a great quantity, a multitude: “et densa resonant saxorum grandine turres,Sil. 2, 38: “aspera saxorum,id. 9, 578.—*
II. Trop., of copious speech: “qui grandines Ulixei (superat),Aus. Ep. 16, 13.
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