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[37] But we may pardon anyone after the example set by Varro.1 For he tried to persuade Cicero, to whom he dedicated his work, that a field was called eager because something is done in it (agitur), and jackdaws graculos because they fly in flocks (gregatim), in spite of the obvious fact that the first word is derived from the Greek, the latter from the cry of the bird in question.

1 de Lingua Lat. v. 34 and 76.

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