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lēvis (erroneously laevis ), e, adj. Gr. λεῖος, λευρός,
I.smooth, smoothed, not rough, opp. asper (class.).
I. Lit.
A. In gen.: “corpuscula quaedam levia, alia aspera, etc.,Cic. N. D. 1, 24, 66: “in locis (spectatur): leves an asperi,id. Part. Or. 10, 36: “Deus levem eum (mundum) fecit et undique aequabilem,id. Univ. 6: “pocula,smooth, shining, Verg. A. 5, 91: “pharetrae,id. ib. 5, 558: “brassica,Cato, R. R. 15, 7: “levissima corpora,Lucr. 4, 659: “coma pectine levis,Ov. M. 12, 409: “nascunturque leves per digitos umerosque plumae,Hor. C. 2, 20, 11: “levior assiduo detritis aequore conchis,Ov. M. 13, 792: inimicus pumice levis, rubbed (cf. pumicatus), Juv. 9, 95.—Poet.: levi cum sanguine Nisus labitur infelix, slippery, Verg. A. 5, 328: “levis Juventas ( = imberbis),smooth, without hair, beardless, Hor. C. 2, 11, 6; so, “ora,Tib. 1, 9 (8), 31: “crura,Juv. 8, 115: “sponsus,id. 3, 111: “caput,id. 10, 199; 2, 12; hence, also, poet. for youthful, delicate, beautiful: “pectus,Verg. A. 11, 40: “frons,id. E. 6, 51: “umeri,id. A. 7, 815: “colla,Ov. M. 10, 698.—Also, finely dressed, spruce, effeminate: “vir,Ov. A. A. 3, 437; Pers. 1, 82: argentum, smooth, not engraved or chased, Juv. 14, 62.—In neutr. absol.: “externi ne quid valeat per leve morari,smoothness, Hor. S. 2, 7, 87; so, “per leve,Pers. 1, 64: “per levia,Aus. Idyll. 16, 4.—
B. Transf., rubbed smooth, ground down, softened, soft (rare), Scrib. Comp. 228; Cels. 2, 8.—
II. Trop., of speech, smooth, flowing (rare but class.): “oratio (opp. aspera),Cic. Or. 5 fin.; so, “levis verborum concursus (opp. asper),id. de Or. 3, 43, 171: “levis et aspera (vox),Quint. 11, 3, 15: “levis et quadrata compositio,id. 2, 5, 9: “levia ac nitida,id. 5, 12, 18: “(aures) fragosis offenduntur et levibus mulcentur,id. 9, 4, 116.—Adv. does not occur.
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