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ănhēlĭtus , ūs, m. id..
I. A difficulty of breathing, panting, puffing (class. for the post-Aug. anhelatio): “ex cursurā anhelitum ducere,to pant, Plaut. As. 2, 2, 61: “nimiae celeritates gressus cum fiunt, anhelitus moventur,quickness of breathing is caused, Cic. Off. 1, 36, 131: “anhelitum vix sufferre,Plaut. Merc. 1, 2, 4: “anhelitum recipere,id. Ep. 2, 2, 21: sublimis anhelitus, deep, * Hor. C. 1, 15, 31: “creber,quick, Quint. 11, 3, 55: “vastos quatit aeger anhelitus artus,painful panting, Verg. A. 5, 432: “aridus e lasso veniebat anhelitus ore,Ov. M. 10, 663; Sen. Ep. 54; Gell. 12, 5.—As a disease, the asthma (cf. anhelatio), Plin. 35, 15, 51, § 180.—
II. A.. In gen., breathing, breath: “unguentorum odor, vini anhelitus,breath smelling of wine, Cic. Red. in Sen. 7, 16: “male odorati anhelitus oris,bad breath, Ov. A. A. 1, 521: “anhelitum reddere ac per vices recipere,to breathe out and in, Plin. 9, 7, 6, § 16 al.
B. Metaph., of other things, breath, exhalation, vapor: “credo etiam anhelitus quosdam fuisse terrarum, quibus inflatae mentes oracula funderent,Cic. Div. 1, 50, 115: “placet Stoicos eos anhelitus terrae, qui frigidi sunt, cum fluere coeperint, ventos esse,id. ib. 2, 19, 44.
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