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dīlŭvĭes , ēi, f., also dīlŭvĭum , ii, n., and dīlŭvĭo , ōnis, f. diluo, lit., a washing away of the earth; hence,
I. Transf., an inundation, flood, deluge (in all three forms only poet. and in post-Aug. prose; yet in Seneca, Quaestt. Natt., diluvium stands for the general deluge; v. infra, β).
(γ). Diluvio, Censor. 18 med.; Tert. Anim. 46.—
II. Trop.: “diluvio ex illo tot vasta per aequora vecti,desolation, destruction, Verg. A. 7, 228 (ex illa vastitate, Serv.), a deluge of invasion, Val. Fl. 6, 394.
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