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prōcērus , a, um, adj. pro and root karof creo; cf. Gr. κράτος, κρατερός,
I.high, tall, long.
B. In partic., perh. the name of a company of tall soldiers, similar to our grenadiers: “VETERANVS EX PROCERIORIBVS,Inscr. Murat. 800, 2.—
II. Transf., in gen., long, extended, large: “passus,Lucr. 4, 827: aves procero rostro, Cic. N. D. 1, 36, 101: “lupi,large, Hor. S. 2, 2, 36; cf.: “thoes, luporum id genus est, procerius longitudine,Plin. 8, 34, 52, § 123: “procerior cauda,id. 8, 45, 70, § 183: “dextera,id. 11, 43, 99, § 245: “proceriores uniones,id. 9, 35, 56, § 113: “cucurbitae,id. 19, 5, 24, § 72: syllabae procerae sunt, quae vocalem longam habent in paenultima, ut facultas, long, Varr. ap. Diom. p. 423 P.: “anapaestus, procerior numerus,Cic. de Or. 3, 48, 185.— Poet.: “plangebant aliae proceris tympana palmis,” i. e. outstretched, upraised, Cat. 64, 289.—Hence, * adv.: prōcērē ; comp.: “bracchium procerius projectum,stretched out to a greater length, Cic. de Or. 3, 59, 220.
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