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motura, ‘such as would stir.’ Arma here has a trace of the wider use proper to its etymology (ar-, to fit, join closely, as in armus, artus, “ἀραρίσκω”, etc.), corresponding to ‘implement,’ ‘instrument.’ Cf. XI. 34, “operisque relinquunt arma sui... sarculaque, rastrique graves, longique ligones”, Virg. Georg.I. 160, “quae sint duris agrestibus arma”, id. Virg. Aen.I. 777, Cerealia arma (the hand-mill), ib. V. 15 (where see Conington, who gives other passages, and thinks that Virgil's frequent use may have been suggested by the corresponding use of “ὅπλα”), Hor. A. P.379-80, “campestribus abstinet armis, indoctusque pilae discive trochive quiescit”, id. Hor. C. I. viii. 10-12.

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    • Ovid, Metamorphoses, 11.34
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    • Horace, Ars Poetica, 379
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