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bellātor , ōris (ancient form duellā-tor , Plaut. Capt. prol. 68; cf. the letter B), m. bello.
II. Esp. (like amator, arator, venator, etc.; v. Zumpt, Gr. § 102; in close apposition with another subst., and taking the place of an adj.), warlike, ready to fight, martial, valorous (mostly poet.): “bellator Turnus,Verg. A. 12, 614: “bellator deus,the war-god Mars, id. ib. 9, 721.—So esp. freq. equus, a spirited, mettlesome horse, Verg. G. 2, 145; id. A. 10, 891; 11, 89; Ov. M. 15, 368; id. F. 2, 12; Val. Fl. 2, 385; Tac. G. 14.—Also absol.: “feroci Bellatore sedens,Juv. 7, 127: “taurus,Stat. Th. 12, 603.—Transf., of inanim. things: “campus,the field of battle, Stat. Th. 8, 378: “ensis,Sil. 13, 376; “and of a stone used in play,Ov. A. A. 3, 359.
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