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vōcālis , e, adj. vox,
I.that utters a voice, sounding, sonorous, speaking, crying, singing, vocal.
I. Lit.
A. Adj.: “aves cantu aliquo aut humano sermone vocales,Plin. 10, 51, 72, § 141: “ranae (opp. mutae),id. 8, 58, 83, § 227: “scarabaei nocturno stridore,id. 11, 28, 34, § 98: “piscis,id. 9, 19, 34, § 70: “ora (vatis),Ov. M. 5, 332; 11, 8: “nympha (of Echo),id. ib. 3, 357: “Orpheus,Hor. C. 1, 12, 7: “chordae,Tib. 2, 5, 3: “carmen,Ov. M. 11, 317: “boves,endowed with speech, Tib. 2, 5, 78: genus instrumenti, i. e. slaves (opp. semivocale and mutum), Varr. R. R. 1, 17, 1: “ne quem vocalem praeteriisse videamur,speaking, talking, Cic. Brut. 69, 242; cf. Val. Max. 1, 8, ext. 4: “antra,in which oracles were given, Stat. Th. 1, 492: “terra, Dodonis,Ov. M. 13, 716: “genus signorum,Veg. Mil. 3, 5.—Comp.: “vocaliora sunt vacua quam plena,Sen. Q. N. 2, 29; cf.: “sunt aliis alia (verba) jucundiora, vocaliora ... verba e syllabis magis vocalia (corresp. to melius sonantes syllabae),more vocal, clearer, Quint. 8, 3, 16.—Sup.: “eligere vocalissimum aliquem, qui legeret,” i. e. with the most powerful voice, Plin. Ep. 4, 7, 2.—
B. Substt.
1. vōcālis , is, f. (littera), a vowel, Cic. Or. 23, 77; Auct. Her. 4, 12, 18; Quint. 1, 4, 6; 1, 5, 20; 1, 7, 14; 1, 7, 26.—
2. vōcāles , ĭum, m. (homines), vocalists, singers (late Lat.), Lampr. Alex. Sev. 34; Sid. Ep. 1, 2 fin.
II. Transf.: causative, making vocal, causing or inspiring speech or song (rare and poet.): “Castaliae vocales undae,Stat. S. 5, 5, 2: “de Pieriis vocalis fontibus unda,id. ib. 1, 2, 6.—Adv.: vōcālĭter , with a loud cry, loudly (post-class.), App. M. 1, p. 112; Tert. adv. Prax. 3.
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