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volva or vulva , ae, f. volvo,
I.a wrapper, covering, integument.
I. In gen.: “fungorum,Plin. 22, 22, 46, § 93: “pomorum,” i. e. the seed-covering, Scrib. Comp. 104 fin.
II. In partic., the womb, matrix of women and she-animals (syn. uterus), Varr. R. R. 2, 1, 19; Cels. 4, 1; 4, 20; 5, 21; 5, 25 et saep.; Plin. 11, 37, 84, § 209; Juv. 6, 128; Mart. 11, 61, 11; Pers. 4, 35 al.A sow's matrix, as a very favorite dish, Plin. 11, 37, 84, § 210; Naev. ap. Macr. S. 2, 14; Hor. Ep. 1, 15, 41; Mart. 13, 56, 2.
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