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praepes petis, abl. pete or petī, gen plur. petum, adj.

prae+PET-, outstripping ; hence, in augury, significant in flight, of good omen, favorable (of birds of good augury): praepes Laeva volavit avis, Enn. ap. C.: praepetis omina pinnae, V.Fem . as subst, a bird of good omen : qui sibi praepetem misisset, L.Winged, swift of flight, fleet, quick, rapid : quem praepes ab Idā rapuit Iovis armiger, V.: deus (i. e. Cupido), O.—As subst m . and f a bird, large bird : Iovis, i. e. aquila, O.: Medusaeus, i. e. Pegasus , O.

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