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păternus , a, um, adj. pater,
I.of or belonging to a father, fatherly, paternal (said of the property, possessions, external relations, etc., of a father; while patrius is used of that which belongs essentially to his nature, dignity, or duty; hence, in good prose: patrius amor, animus, patria potestas, patrium jus; but paterni agri, liberi, servi, liberti, etc.).
B. Also (acc. to pater, II. B.), ancestral, of or belonging to forefathers (late Lat.): “sepulchra paterna,Vulg. 2 Macc. 12, 39: “mos,id. Act. 28, 17: “traditio,id. 1 Pet. 1, 18.—
II. Transf.
A. Of one's native country: “paterni Fluminis ripae,Hor. C. 1, 20, 5: “terra,Ov. H. 13, 100.—
B. Of animals, Col. 6, 37, 2: “color,id. 7, 2, 5.—
C. In gram.: “casus paternus,the genitive case, Prisc. p. 670 P.
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