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rōrārĭi , ōrum, m. ros (sc. milites),
I.a kind of light-armed Roman troops, who usually made the first attack and then retired, skirmishers (cf.: “velites, ferentarii): rorarii dicti ab rore, qui bellum committebant ante, ideo quod ante rorat quam pluit,Varr. L. L. 7, § 58 Müll.; cf. Fest. s. h. v. p. 264 ib.; Non. 552 fin.; Liv. 8, 8, 8; 8, 9, 14; Plaut. Fragm. ap. Varr. 1. 1.; cf. Becker, Antiq. III. 2, p. 275.—In sing., Lucil. ap. Non. 553, 2 sq.—Hence, ‡ rōrārĭ-us , a, um, adj., of or for the rorarii: “rorarium vinum, quod rorariis dabatur,Fest. p. 267 Müll.
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    • Livy, The History of Rome, Book 8, 9
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