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būcĭna (not buccĭna ), ae, f., = βυκάνη,
I.a crooked horn or trumpet (while tuba is usually the straight trumpet; cf. Veg. Mil. 3, 3, 5 Stewech.).
I. Lit., a shepherd's horn, Varr. R. R. 2, 4, 20: “bucina inflata,id. ib. 3, 13, 1; Col. 6, 23, 3; Prop. 4 (5), 10, 29.—
II. Transf.
A. A war-trumpet: “bello dat signum rauca cruentum Bucina,Verg. A. 11, 475: “quā bucina signum Dira dedit,id. ib. 7, 519.—In gen., as a signal employed in changing the four night-watches, and for waking the soldiers (cf. Dict. of Antiq.): “te gallorum, illum bucinarum cantus exsuscitat,Cic. Mur. 9, 22: “ubi secundae vigiliae bucinā datum signum esset,Liv. 7, 35, 1; Prop. 4 (5), 4, 63; Sil. 7, 154.—
2. Hence, meton.: ad primam, secundam, etc., bucinam (for vigiliam), at the first, second, etc., watch: “ut ad tertiam bucinam praesto essent,Liv. 26, 15, 6.—It was also blown at the end of the evening meal, Tac. A. 15, 30 Nipp. ad loc.—
C. Poet., a kind of circular, winding shell on which Triton blew, Triton's shell, Ov. M. 1, 335 and 337; cf. bucinator.—
D. Trop.: “foedae bucina famae,the trump of ill fame, Juv. 14, 152; cf. bucinator, II.
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