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tăbernācŭlum , i, n. taberna,
I.a tent (syn. tentorium): “tabernacula dicuntur a similitudine tabernarum, quae ipsae, quod ex tabulis olim fiebant, dictae sunt, non, ut quidam putant, quod tabulis cludantur,Fest. p. 356 Müll.; cf.: unde (sc. a tabernis) et tabernacula sunt dicta, licet ex tentoriis pellibus fiant, id. s. v. contubernales, p. 38 ib.
II. In partic., in relig. lang.: tabernaculum capere, to choose a place for a tent without the city, wherein to observe the auspices previous to holding the comitia: “tabernaculum recte captum,in the proper manner, with due ceremonies, Cic. Div. 2, 35, 75; cf.: “parum recte tabernaculum capere,Liv. 4, 7, 3: “cum tabernaculum vitio cepisset imprudens,improperly, Cic. Div. 1, 17, 33: “tabernaculum vitio captum,id. N. D. 2, 4, 11; Val. Max. 1, 1, 3.—
III. The Jewish tabernacle, Vulg. Num. 7, 1 et saep.
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