a surname of Juno, which is usually derived from the Sabine word curis, a lance or spear, which according to the ancient notions was the symbol of the imperium and mancipium, and would accordingly designate Juno as the ruling goddess. (Ov. Fast. 2.477
, 6.49; Macr. 1.9
.) Hartung (Die Relig. der Röm.
ii. p. 72) finds in the surname Curitis an allusion to a marriage ceremony, in which some of the bride's hair was either really or symbolically cut off with the curved point of a sword. (Plut. Quaest. Rom.
87 ; Ov. Fast. 2.560