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Flōra , ae, f. flos, v. flo,
I.the goddess of flowers, whose festival was celebrated on the 28th of April, often with unbridled license, Ov. F. 5, 195 sq.; Lact. 1, 20, 6; Varr. R. R. 1, 1, 6; id. L. L. 5, §§ 45, 74; Lucr. 5, 739; Cic. Verr. 2, 5, 14, § 36; Tac. A. 2, 49; Mart. 1, 1, 1: “omnia Florae aulaea,Juv. 14, 262 al.
II. Derivv. *
A. Flōrĭus , a, um, adj., of or belonging to Flora: “apud M. Catonem in re Floria ita scriptum,respecting the festival of Flora, Gell. 9, 12, 7.— More freq.,
B. Flōrālis , e, adj.
1. Of or belonging to Flora, Floral: “flamen,Varr. L. L. 7, § 45: “joci,Lact. 1, 20, 6; Sen. Ep. 97, p. 80 Bip.—
2. Of or belonging to the festival of Flora, of the Floralia: sacrum, Ov. F. 4, 947: “dignissima tuba Florali matrona,Juv. 6, 250: “ludi,Inscr. Orell. 2545.— In plur. subst.: Flōrālĭa , ium and ōrum, n., the festival of Flora: “Florae ludi Floralia instituti,Varr. R. R. 1, 1, 6; Quint. 1, 5, 52: “(prisci) Floralia IIII. Kal. Mai. instituerunt urbis anno DXIII. ex oraculis Sibyllae, ut omnia bene deflorescerent,Plin. 18, 29, 69, § 286: “Varro Floralium, non Floraliorum ait, cum non ludos Florales illic, sed ipsum festum, Floralia, significaret,Macr. S. 1, 4, 14; Pers. 5, 178: “solenni Floraliorum die,Just. 43, 4, 6.—Hence,
2. Flō-rālĭcĭus or -tĭus , a, um, of or belonging to the feast of Flora: “et Floralicias lasset arena feras,” i. e. designed for the combats exhibited during the festival of Flora, Mart. 8, 67, 4.
1. * flōrālĭa , ium, n. flos, a flowergarden, Varr. R. R. 1, 23, 4.
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