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Lŭpercal , ālis, n. Lupercalis,
I.a grotto on the Palatine Hill, sacred to the Lycean Pan (Lupercus): “gelidā monstrat sub rupe Lupercal,Verg. A. 8, 342; “v. Serv. ad loc.: quamquam Velia non est vilior quam Lupercal,Cic. Fam. 7, 20, 1: “forsitan et quaeras cur sit locus ille Lupercal,Ov. F. 2, 381.—Hence,
A. Lŭpercālis , e, adj., of or belonging to the Lupercalia, Lupercal: “sacrum,Suet. Aug. 31.—
B. Hence, plur. as subst.: Lŭpercālĭa , ĭum and ōrum, n., the festival of the Lycean Pan (Lupercus), celebrated in February, in which the priests (Luperci), with their faces painted and only a girdle about their loins (cinctuti, Ov. F. 5, 101), ran about the city striking the women whom they met, a ceremony supposed to make them fruitful: “ad Lupercalia,Cic. Phil. 2, 34, 87; 2, 33, 84: “hodierni diei res gestas Lupercalibus habebis,id. Q. Fr. 2, 13, 4; cf. Ov. F. 2, 267 sqq.; Serv. ad Verg. A. 8, 343.
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