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complexus (con- ), ūs, m. complector,
I.a surrounding, encompassing, encircling, embracing, embrace, etc. (class. in prose and poetry).
I. Lit.
A. Prop.
2. Of persons: “secutae conlocutiones cum Trebonio complexusque,Cic. Phil. 11, 2, 5: “corporum,id. Tusc. 3, 20, 46: “e complexu parentum abreptos filios ad necem ducere,Cic. Verr. 2, 1, 3, § 7: “ubi complexu coierunt membra tenaci,in a mutual close embrace, Ov. M. 4, 377: “complexu matris avellere natam,Cat. 62, 21; cf. id. 64, 88; 64, 118; Cic. Font. 17, 36; id. Fl. 38, 95; Liv. 2, 40, 5; Quint. 6, 1, 42; 8, 3, 68: “Venerio,in copulation, Cic. Div. 2, 69, 143.—In plur., * Hor. S, 1, 5, 43; Verg. A. 5, 742; Ov. M. 3, 286; 10, 388; 6, 249.—Rarely (like complector itself), of hostile embrace, close combat: “in Martis complexu cadere,Quint. Decl. 4, 22: “armorum,Tac. Agr. 36; cf. “of a serpent: longis amplexibus illos necat,Ov. M. 3, 48: “luctari complexu,Plin. 9, 30, 48, § 91.—
B. Transf., as a measure, the reach: “(cedrus) crassitudinis ad trium hominum conplexum,Plin. 16, 40, 76, § 203.—
II. Trop.
B. A friendly embracing, love, affectionate relation, etc.: “venisti in sinum et complexum tuae mimulae,Cic. Phil. 2, 25, 61; cf.: “res publica Pompeii filium suo sinu complexuque recipiet,id. ib. 13, 4, 9; id. Pis. 9, 19: “totius gentis humanae,id. Fin. 5, 23, 65; id. Cat. 2, 10, 22: “at tu easdem artes in complexu, oculis, auribus habes,Plin. Pan. 47, 2.
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