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a cognomen in many Roman gentes, was indicative, like many other Roman cognomens, of a bodily defect or peculiarity; such as Capilo, Naso, Paetus, Strabo, Scaurus, &c. Varus signified a person who had his legs bent inwards (varum distortis cruribus, Hor. Sat. 1.3. 47), and was opposed to Valgus, which signified a person having his legs turned outwards.

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