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Cūrētes , um, m., = Κουρῆτες,
I.the most ancient inhabitants of the island of Crete, who paid their worship to Jupiter (as the Corybantes, who, at a later date, were identified with them, celebrated the worship of Cybele) with noisy music and armed dances, Hyg. Fab. 139; Lucr. 2, 629; Verg. A. 3, 131 Heyne; id. G. 4, 151; Ov. M. 4, 282; id. F. 4, 210; Sen. Herc. Oet. 1877; Val. Max. 2, 4, 4; Lact. 1, 11, 46 al.
II. Hence,
A. Cūrētis , ĭdis, f. adj., lit. pertaining to the Curetes; hence, poet. for Cretan: “terra,Ov. M. 8, 153.—Also subst., an earlier name of the island of Crete itself, Plin. 4, 12, 20, § 58; and of Acarnania, id. 4, 1, 2, § 5; Sil. 15, 308.—
B. Cūrētĭ-cus , a, um, adj., Cretan: “carmina,Calp. Ecl. 4, 96.
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