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nĕbŭlo , ōnis, m. nebula,
I.a paltry, worthiess fellow, an idle rascal, a sorry wretch: nugator ac nebulo, Lucil. ap. Non. 19, 3; Ter. Eun. 4, 7, 15: “nos ab isto nebulone facetius eludimur, quam putamus,Cic. Rosc. Am. 44, 128: “nebulones Alcinoique juventus,Hor. Ep. 1, 2, 28: “vappa ac nebulo,id. S. 1, 1, 104; cf. id. ib. 1, 2, 12: nebulo lucifugus (perh. on account of the etymology of the word), a scoundrel that shuns the light, Lucil. ap. Non. 19, 2.—In apposition with homo: “vulgus nebulonum hominum,Gell. 1, 2, 7; 16, 6, 12.—
II. Acc. to Acron ad Hor. S. 1, 2, 12, nebulo also signifies a man of low birth; on which account slaves were also called nebulones.
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