An epithet of Mars (q.v.) and usually derived from
gradior, as though “the strider.” Prof. Minton
Warren suggests an alternative derivation from grand-is, grand-ire, with
reference to growth (American Journal of Philology, iv. 71).
Harry Thurston Peck. Harpers Dictionary of Classical Antiquities. New York. Harper and Brothers. 1898.
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