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praecursor , ōris, m. id., who runs before.
I. A forerunner, precursor, of a servant, Plin. Pan. 76 fin.; one who precedes on the same path, Lact. 6, 7, 3.— “Esp.,the forerunner of Christ, John the Baptist, Aug. Tract. in Johan. 4, 6; 4, 8.—
II. Trop.: “flos praecursor indolis bonae,Nazar. Pan. Const. 3 med.
III. In milit. lang., an advanced guard, vanguard, Liv. 26, 17 fin.
B. Transf., a scout, spy (cf.: “emissarius, speculator),Cic. Verr. 2, 5, 41, § 108.
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