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lyra , ae, f., = λύρα,
I.a lute, lyre, a stringed instrument resembling the cithara, fabled to have been invented by Mercury and presented to Apollo, Hyg. Astr. 2, 7: “curvae lyrae parens,Hor. C. 1, 10, 6: “Threiciam digitis increpuisse lyram,Ov. H. 3, 118: “mox cecinit laudes prosperiore lyrā,id. A. A. 3, 50; Val. Fl. 5, 100.—
II. Transf.
B. In gen., poetic genius: “Inferior lyra,Stat. Th. 10, 445.—
C. Lyra, the constellation, the Lyre: “exoriente Lyra,Ov. F. 1, 315; cf. Hyg. Astr. 3, 6; Varr. R. R. 2, 5.
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