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alnus , i, f. akin to Swed. al; A. S. aler; Germ. Eller; Engl. alder, elder,
I.the alder, which flourishes in moist places: Betula alnus, Linn.; cf. Plin. 16, 40, 79, § 218; Cat. 17, 18; Verg. G. 2, 110: alnorum umbracula, Cic. Fragm. ap. Macr. S. 6, 4.—Poet., any thing made of alder-wood; so esp., a ship, since it was much used in ship-building: “tunc alnos primum fluvii sensere cavatas,Verg. G. 1, 136; so id. ib. 2, 451; Luc. 2, 426: “amica fretis,Stat. Th. 6, 106 al.; “and of pales or posts,Luc. 2, 486; 4, 422.—The sisters of Phaëton, while bewailing his death, were changed to alders, acc. to Verg. E. 6, 62; cf. with it id. A. 10, 190; Claud. Fescenn. Nupt. Hon. 14.
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