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horresco , horrŭi, 3,
I.v. inch. n. and a. [horreo], to rise on end, stand erect, to bristle up, grow rough.
I. Lit. (mostly poet.; cf. “horreo): rettulit ille gradus horrueruntque comae,Ov. F. 2, 502: “tum segetes altae campique natantes Lenibus horrescunt flabris,Verg. G. 3, 199: “bracchia coeperunt nigris horrescere villis,Ov. M. 2, 478; cf.: “setis horrescere coepi,id. ib. 14, 279: horrescit telis exercitus asper utrimque, Enn. ap. Macr. S. 6, 4 (Ann. v. 385 Vahl.); cf.: “arma rigent, horrescunt tela,id. ib. (Trag. v. 177 ib.): “mollis horrescit coma,Sen. Agam. 711: horrescit mare, becomes ruffled, rough, Varr. ap. Non. 423, 7: “ut ille qui navigat, cum subito mare coepit horrescere,Cic. Fragm. ib. 4 (Rep. 1, 40 Mos.).—
II. Transf.
A. To fall a shaking, trembling: “(puella) Horruit, ut steriles, agitat quas ventus, aristae,Ov. A. A. 1, 553.—
2. In partic., to begin to shake, shudder, or tremble for fear, to become frightened, terrified (class.).
(γ). With inf.: “horrescit animus omnia recensere,Amm. 29, 3, 9.—
B. To grow fearful, terrible, dreadful (very rare): “in terra quoque ut horrescant (fulmina),Lucr. 6, 261: “subitis horrescit turbida nimbis Tempestas,Sil. 1, 134.
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