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nŏthus , a, um, adj., = νόθος,
I.spurious, not genuine.
I. Lit.
A. Of persons, illegitimate, bastard, born out of wedlock (but of a known father; contra, spurius, of an unknown father: legitimus, born in wedlock): “nothum qui non sit legitimus, Graeci vocant: Latinum rei nomen non habemus,Quint. 3, 6, 97; cf. Paul. ex Fest. p. 174 Müll.; Quint. 3, 6, 96; 7, 7, 10: “Antiphaten ... Thebanā de matre nothum Sarpedonis alti,Verg. A. 9, 697.—
B. Of animals of a mixed breed, mongrel, Verg. A. 7, 283; Col. 8, 2, 13; Plin. 8, 1, 1, § 3.—
II. Transf., not genuine, false, counterfeit (poet. and in post-class. prose): “lunaque sive notho fertur loca lumine lustrans, Sive suam proprio jactat de corpore lucem,” i. e. borrowed, not its own, Lucr. 5, 575; so, “lumen,Cat. 34, 15: “Attis notha mulier,false, counterfeit, id. 63, 27: “quojus genera (nominum) sunt tria, unum vernaculum ac domi natum, alterum adventicium, tertium nothum ex peregrino hic natum,Varr. L. L. 10, § 69 Müll.; so, “notha nomina,id. ib. 10, § “70: nothae atque adulterae lectiones,Arn. 5, 182.
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