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partŭrĭo , īvi or ĭi, 4 (
I.imperf. parturibat, Phaedr. 4, 21, 1), v. desid. a. [2. pario], to desire to bring forth, to be in travail or labor; said of women and of animals.
I. Lit.: “vereor ne parturire intellegat,Ter. Hec. 3, 3, 53: “tu (Lucina) voto parturientis ades,Ov. F. 3, 256: “parturiens canis,Phaedr. 1, 18, 3.—Prov.: parturiunt montes, nascetur ridiculus mus, said of those who promise great things, but accomplish little or nothing; “like the Engl. expression,great cry and little wool, Hor. A. P. 139 (after the Greek proverb, ὤδινεν ὄρος, εἶτα μῦν ἀπέτεκεν); cf.“, also,Phaedr. 4, 21, 1 sq.
II. Transf.
A. To be big or pregnant with any thing; to brood over, meditate, purpose, Cic. Mur. 39, 84: “ut aliquando dolor populi Romani pariat, quod jamdiu parturit!id. Phil. 2, 46, 118; so, “quod diu parturit animus vester, aliquando pariat,Liv. 21, 18, 12: “ingentes parturit ira minas,Ov. H. 12, 208; cf.: “filioli mei quos iterum parturio,Vulg. Gal. 4, 19.—*
B. To be anxious or concerned: “quā (securitate) frui non possit animus, si tamquam parturiat unus pro pluribus,Cic. Lael. 13, 45; App. M. 7, 4.—
C. In gen., to bring forth, produce, yield, generate, etc. (poet.): “quis Parthum paveat ... Quis Germania quos horrida parturit Fetus, incolumi Caesare?Hor. C. 4, 5, 26: “et nunc omnis ager, nunc omnis parturit arbos,is budding forth, Verg. E. 3, 56; id. G. 2, 330; cf. “Col. poët. 10, 10: neque parturit imbres Perpetuos (Notus),Hor. C. 1, 7, 16: felicemque uterum, qui nomina parturit annis, i. e. the yearly consuls, Claud. Cons. Prob. et Olybr. 204: “parturit innumeros angusto pectore mundos,to conceive, imagine, id. Cons. Mall. Theod. 81, 3.—Hence, P. a. as subst.: partŭrĭens , entis, f., a woman in labor: “dolores parturientis,Vulg. Osee, 13, 13; id. Psa. 47, 6.
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  • Cross-references in general dictionaries from this page (9):
    • New Testament, Galatians, 4.19
    • Cicero, For Lucius Murena, 39.84
    • Cicero, Philippics, 2.46.118
    • Vergil, Georgics, 2.330
    • Old Testament, Psalm, 47.6
    • Horace, Ars Poetica, 139
    • Livy, The History of Rome, Book 21, 18
    • Cicero, De Amicitia, 13
    • Ovid, Fasti, 3
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