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vīlĭcus (less correctly villĭcus ), a, um, adj. villa,
I.of or belonging to a countryhouse or villa (very rare): “nomina lini,Aus. Ep. 4, 56.—As substt.
A. vīlĭcus , i, m. (sc. homo).
1. An overseer of a farm or estate, a steward, bailiff; absol., Cato, R. R. 5, 1 sq.; 5, 142; id. ap. Col. 11, 1, 4; Varr. R. R. 1, 2, 14; Cic. Verr. 2, 3, 50, § 119; id. Rep. 5, 3, 5; 1, 38, 59; 1, 39, 61; Hor. Ep. 1, 14, 15.—With gen.: “vilice silvarum et mihi me reddentis agelli,Hor. Ep. 1, 14, 1: “vilicus Orbi,id. ib. 2, 2, 160.—
2. Transf., an overseer, superintendent, director: “Pegasus attonitae positus modo vilicus urbi,Juv. 4, 77: “vilici (sc. aquaeductum),Front. Aquaed. 117: “malum vilicum esse imperatorem,Lampr. Alex. Sev. 15.—With gen.: “aerarii,Auct. Priap. 82, 1: “AMPHITHEATRI,Inscr. Fabr. 5, n. 3.—With ab: “A PLVMBO,Inscr. Orell. 2859: “AB ALIMENTIS,Inscr. Grut. 1033, 9.—
B. vīlĭca , ae, f. (sc. mulier), a female overseer; the wife of an overseer, Cato, R. R. 143, 1; Col. 12, praef. 8; Mart. 1, 56, 11; Juv. 11, 69; Cat. 61, 136.
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