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ā-vĭus , a, um, adj. via,
I.that is out of the way, remote, out of the right way; also, untrodden, unfrequented, solitary, lonely, etc. (while devius signifies leading from the right way; and invius, having no way, pathless; in the poets and histt. freq.).
I. Lit.
B. Subst.: āvĭum , ii, n., a by-way, a desert, wilderness; in a pun with avium, from avis: hunc avium dulcedo ducit ad avium, Auct. ad Her. 4, 21, 29.—More freq. in plur.: āvĭa , ōrum: “avia cursu Dum sequor, et notā excedo regione viarum,Verg. A. 2, 737: “per avia ac derupta,Tac. A. 6, 21: per avia, Ov M. 1, 701; 2, 205.—So with gen.: avia vinerum, Vell. 2, 75: “nemorum,Ov. M. 1, 179: “saltuum,Tac. A. 2. 68: “Oceani,id. ib. 2, 15: “Armeniae,id. ib. 13, 37.—
C. Poet., of persons, wandering, straying: “Continuo in montes sese avius abdidit altos,Verg. A. 11, 810.—
II. Trop.: “Avius a verā longe ratione vagaris,astray, Lucr. 2, 82; 2, 229; 2, 740; “3, 463: init nunc avia coepto Consilia,” i. e. leading away from the undertaking, Sil. 12, 493.
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