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sēmĭ-vŏcālĭs , e, adj.
I. Half-sounding, half-talking, semi-vocal: instrumentum rusticum, i. e. cattle (distinguished from vocale, slaves, and mutum, i. e. carts), Varr. R. R. 1, 17, 1.—In like manner: signum militare, i. e. horns, trumpets, etc. (distinguished from vocale, words, and mutum, banners), Veg. Mil. 3, 5.—
II. In gram., as subst., a semi - vowel (of which there were, acc. to the old grammarians, the foll. seven: “f, l, m, n, r, s, x),Quint. 1, 4, 6; 1, 7, 14; Prisc. p. 540 sq. P.; 564 ib. al.
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