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vŏlŭcer , ū^cris, ū^cre (
I.gen. plur. volucrium, Cic. ap. Charis. p. 119 P.; masc. volucris, Tib. 4, 1, 209; Sil. 10, 471; fem. volucer fama, Petr. poët. 123, 210; cf. acer; on the quantity of the u in volucris, v. Quint. 1, 5, 28), adj. cf. 2. volo, flying, winged (class.; syn.: ales, volatilis).
I. Lit.
1. Adj.: “bestiae,Cic. Tusc. 5, 13, 38; id. Lael. 21, 81: “angues,id. N. D. 1, 36, 101: “dracones,Ov. M. 7, 218: “Cupido,id. ib. 9, 482: “natus,” i. e. Cupid, id. ib. 5, 364: “deus,” i. e. Mercury, Stat. Th. 2, 55; cf. “pes (Mercurii),Ov. F. 5, 88; and: “o nuntium volucrem!Cic. Quint. 25, 80.—
2. Subst.: vŏlū^cris , is, f. (sc. avis, once masc., sc. ales: “teneros volucres, Cic. poët. Div. 2, 30, 64),a bird, a flying creature, Lucr. 1, 12; 2, 145; 2, 344; Cic. de Or. 2, 6, 23; id. Ac. 2, 25, 81: “marinae,Prop. 3, 7 (4, 6), 11; Ov. A. A. 3, 35; id. H. 10, 123: “Junonis,” i. e. the peacock, id. M. 15, 385; cf. “Junonia,id. Med. Fac. 33; of the cock: volucres cecinere diem, Coripp. 1, 199; cf. Sil. 14, 22; “the eagle,Luc. 6, 129: “obscenae,Verg. A. 3, 241: “Tityi volucres,vultures, Prop. 2, 20 (3, 13), 31; Hor. S. 1, 8, 6; “of the sirens,Stat. S. 5, 3, 87; Quint. 10, 3, 24; 12, 11, 13; Suet. Aug. 13: “pictae,Verg. A. 4, 525; Ov. M. 1, 308: “volucris parvula,the fly, Phaedr. 5, 3, 3.—
B. Transf., of any thing that moves rapidly, flying, winged, fleet, swift, rapid (mostly poet.; “syn. velox): lumen,Lucr. 6, 173; cf.: “ritu flammarum,id. 1, 1102: “fumi,Verg. G. 2, 217: “aurae,id. A. 11, 795; Ov. M. 13, 807: “nebulae,id. ib. 1, 602: “procellae,id. Am. 2, 11, 33: “sagitta,Verg. A. 5, 242; Ov. M. 9, 102; “called also ferrum,id. Tr. 3, 10, 64: “harundo,Verg. A. 5, 544: “equi,Ov. M. 2, 153; 2, 234; 4, 245: “currus,Hor. C. 1, 34, 8: “volucri freta classe pererrat,Ov. M. 7, 460: “jam volucrem sequor Te per gramina Martii Campi,speeding, running, Hor. C. 4, 1, 38 et saep.—
II. Trop.
B. In partic., passing quickly by, fleeting, transient, transitory: “o volucrem fortunam,Cic. Sull. 32, 91: “dies,Hor. C. 3, 28, 6; 4, 13, 16: “fama,Ov. H. 17, 207; Petr. 123: “gaudium,Tac. Or. 9.—Adv.: vŏlŭcrĭter , swiftly, rapidly (post-class.): “congregati,Amm. 17, 1, 12: “perurgebat nocentes innocentesque,id. 29, 1, 18.
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