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quĕrēla or quĕrella , ae, f. queror,
I.a complaining, complaint (class.).
I. Lit.
B. In partic., a complaint, accusation (postAug.): “advocati flagitabant, uti judex querelam inspiceret,Petr. 15: “frequentes,Dig. 5, 2, 1: “instituere,to institute, ib. 5, 2, 8; 5, 2, 21; Val. Max. 9, 10, 2. —
II. Transf.
A. A plaintive song for lulling children to sleep: “longa somnum suadere querela,Stat. Th. 5, 616. —
B. A plaintive sound, plaintive note, plaint; of animals or instruments. — “Of swans: tollunt lugubri voce querellam,Lucr. 4, 546.— “Of frogs: et veterem in limo ranae cecinere querellam,Verg. G. 1, 378; cf. id. A. 8, 215.—Of doves, Plin. 10, 34, 52, § 104.— Of the plaintive tones of the tibia: “dulcesque querellas, Tibia quas fundit,Lucr. 4, 584; 5, 1384.—
C. A pain that occasions complaining, a complaint, disease, malady: “pulmonis ac viscerum querelas levare,Sen. Q. N. 3, 1, 3; Traj. ap. Plin. Ep. 10, 18 (29), 1.
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