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mĕrĭtōrĭus , a, um, adj. id.,
I.of or belonging to the earning of money, by which money is earned, for which money is paid, that brings in money (class.).
I. In gen.: “vehicula,Suet. Calig. 39: “balinea,Plin. Ep. 2, 17: “cenaculum,Suet. Vit. 7: “artificia,Sen. Ep. 88, 1: “salutatio,by which one hopes to obtain money, interested, id. Brev. Vit. 14, 3: “in meritorio stabulo,Paul. Sent. 2, 31, 16.—
B. Subst.: mĕrĭtōria , ōrum, n., places or rooms which are let out for a short time, Juv. 3, 234: facere, to let out rooms for a short time (opp. locare, to rent by the year), Dig. 7, 1, 13.—
II. In partic., of or belonging to the earning of money by prostitution, that earns money by prostitution: “pueri,Cic. Phil. 2, 41, 105: “scorta,Suet. Claud. 15.—
B. Subst.: mĕrĭtōrium , ii, n., a bawdy-house, brothel (post-class.), Firm. Math. 6, 31.
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