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cămillus (also casmilus ; cf. Camena and Varr. L. L. 7, § 34 Müll.), i, m. with difficulty connected with the Samothracian Kabiren-Hermes, Κάδμιλος and Κάδμος; cf. Varr. L. L. 7, 3, § 34 Müll., and Macr. S. 3, 8; perh. dim. from root of Camena; cf. carmen,
I.a noble youth employed in the sacrifices of the Flamen Dialis, and then, gen., in religious offices, Paul. ex Fest. p. 43 Müll.: hiberno pulvere, verno luto, grandia farra Camille metes, Poët. ib. p. 93. —The same verse is given with the expl., Camillus adulescens est, by Serv. ad Verg. G. 1, 101: “Romani pueros et puellas nobiles et investes Camillos et Camillas appellant, flaminicarum et flaminum praeministros,Macr. S. 3, 8, 7; repeated by Serv. ad Verg. A. 11, 543; cf. also Paul. ex Fest. p. 63 Müll. s. v. cumeram.—
B. = pusillus, small, Quint. 8, 3, 19.—
II. camilla , ae, f., a maiden of unblemished birth and character: caelitum camilla, Pac. ap. Varr. L. L. 7, § 34 Müll. (Trag. Rel. v. 232 Rib.): = administra, since only such maidens were permitted to serve in the sacred rites, v. Varr. l. l.; Macr. S. 3, 8, 7; Serv. ad Verg. A. 11, 543.
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