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mercātor , ōris, m. id.,
I.a trader, merchant, esp. a wholesale dealer (opp. to caupo, a retailer; class.).
II. Transf.
A. A dealer, speculator: “non consules, sed mercatores provinciarum,Cic. post Red. in Sen. 4, 10.—Rarely of a petty dealer: “vilis sacci mercator olentis,Juv. 14, 269.—
B. A buyer, purchaser: “signorum,Cic. Verr. 1, 20, 60: “veneni,Juv. 13, 154.
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