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Māvors , vortis, m. from mah, magh, to cut; Gr. μάχη, μάχαιρα, and vor, root of vortere; i. e. the turner of the battle, old and poetic name for Mars (q. v.), the god of war, etc.
I. Prop.: “urbs Mavortis, i. e. Rome,Verg. A. 6, 872; 8, 630; 12, 179; Cic. N. D. 2, 26; 3, 24; Luc. 7, 569: “Mavors pater,Val. Fl. 6, 178: “genitor Mavors,Ov. F. 4, 828: “Iliae Mavortisque puer,” i. e. Romulus, Hor. C. 4, 8, 23.—
II. Transf., war, battle: civili Mavorte, Aus Idyll. 4, 65.— Hence, Māvortius , a, um, adj., of or belonging to Mavors or Mars (poet.): “moenia, i. e. Rome,Verg. A. 1, 276: “tellus,” i. e. Thrace, id. G. 4, 462: “conjux,” i. e. Venus, Val. Fl. 2, 208: “proles,” i. e. the Thebans, Ov. M. 3, 531; cf.: “seges Mavortia belli,the armed men that sprang up where the dragon's teeth were sown, Claud. III. Cons. Hon. 135.—As subst.: Māvortius , i, m., Meleager, son of Mavors, Ov M. 8, 437; cf. Hyg. Fab. 471; but of Mars, Petr. poët. 124, v. 261; Inscr. Grut. 57, 1.—Transf., of or belonging to war, warlike, martial: “Amazon,Val. Fl. 5, 90: “tela,Stat. Ach. 1, 626: “vulnera,Grat. Cyn. 344.
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