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portĭtor , ōris, m. from the root por, whence porto, a bearer, carrier.
I. A carrier, conveyer.
A. Usually one who conveys people in a boat or ship.
1. In gen., a ferryman, boatman, sailor, mariner (poet. and in post-Aug. prose): “Plato cum flumen nave transisset, non ab illo quicquam portitor exegisset, etc.,Sen. Ben. 6, 18, 1.—
2. In partic., the ferryman, i. e. Charon (poet.): “ubi portitor aera recepit, etc.,Prop. 4 (5), 11, 7.Orci,Verg. G. 4, 502; id. A. 6, 298: “Lethaei amnis,Stat. Th. 12, 559; Val. Fl. 1, 784 et saep.—
B. By land, a carrier, carter, wagoner: Portitor Ursae, i. e. the constellation Bootes, who, as it were, drives the wain, Stat. Th. 1, 693.—
II. A bearer, carrier (mostly post-class.; cf. “bajulus): Helles,” i. e. the Ram, Col. 10, 155 (in Mart. 9, 72, 7, we read proditor Helles): “lecti sui,Claud. Epigr. 49, 17: frumenti, Cod. Just. 11, 4, 1: ciborum, Prud. στεφ. 5, 405: “apicum,Sid. Ep. 6, 3.
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