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Ā^prīlis , is qs. contr. from aperilis, from aperio; cf. Varr. L. L. 6, 33, p. 86 Müll.; Cincius ap. Macr. S. 1, 12; Serv. ad Verg. G. 1, 43 (orig. adj.; sc. mensis), m.,
I.the month of April (as the month in which the earth opens and softens): “Sex ubi luces Aprilis habebit,Ov. F. 4, 901.—With mensis expressed: “mense Aprili,Cic. Phil. 2, 39, 100: “Qui dies mensem Veneris marinae Findit Aprilem,Hor. C. 4, 11, 15.—Adj., of or pertaining to April: “Nonarum Aprilium,Cic. Fam. 3, 11, 8; 1, 9, 8: “Datis mane a. d. Id. April. Scriptis litteris,id. ad Brut. 2, 4, 1: “Apriles Idus,Ov. F. 4, 621.
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