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ădōnĭum , ii, n., = ἀδώνιον.
I. Acc. to some a plant, a species of southernwood, bearing a flower of golden color or bloodred, as if from the blood of Adonis; acc. to others, a mode of cultivating flowers, as if Adonis horti, the garden of Adonis, Plin. 21, 10, 34, § 60.—
II. In gram., the Adonic verse, composed of a dactyl and spondee, ¯˘˘¯¯˘, Serv. 1820 P.; Grot. 2, 104; e. g. Hor. C. 1, 4: terruit urbem; visere montes, etc., said to have been so named because used in the festival of Adonis; also ădōnĭdĭum , Mar. Vict. 2, p. 2518 P.
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    • Pliny the Elder, Naturalis Historia, 21.60
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