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argentĕus , a, um, adj. argentum.
I. Of or from silver, made of silver (cf. argentum, I. A.): polubrum, Liv. And. ap. Non. p. 544, 23: “aquila,Cic. Cat. 1, 9, 24: “brattea,Plin. 37, 7, 31, § 105: “phalerae,id. 8, 5, 5, § 12: “vasa,Hor. S. 2, 7, 73; so Vulg. Gen. 24, 53; ib. 2 Tim. 2, 20; Tac. G. 5: “Triton,Suet. Claud. 21 fin.: “dei,Vulg. Dan. 5, 4: “leones,ib. 1 Par. 28, 17: “simulacra,ib. Apoc. 9, 20: “nummus,Plin. 33, 3, 13, § 47; so Vulg. 1 Reg. 2, 36: “denarius,Plin. 19, 3, 15, § 38; also absol. argenteus, Tac. G. 5; so Vulg. Gen. 20, 16; ib. Matt. 26, 15 al.
II. Metaph.
A. Adorned with silver, = argentatus: “scaena,Cic. Mur. 19 fin.: “acies,Liv. 10, 39 (cf. a little before: per picta atque aurata scuta; and v. argentatus, I.).—
B. Of a white, silver color, silvery: “niveis argentea pennis Ales,Ov. M. 2, 536: “color,id. ib. 10, 213; so, “fons,id. ib. 3, 407: “undae,Plin. 4, 8, 15, § 31: “lilia,Prop. 5, 4, 25: “anser,Verg. A. 8, 655: “crinis,Plin. 2, 25, 22, § 90 al.
C. Of the silver age: “subiit argentea proles, Auro deterior, fulvo pretiosior aere,Ov. M. 1, 114.—
III. In comic style, of or from money (cf. argentum, I. B. 2.): “salus,a silver salutation, Plaut. Ps. 1, 1, 44 sq.: amica tua facta est argentea, is turned into money, i. e. has been sold, id. ib. 1, 3, 113.
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