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hĭulcus , a, um, adj. hio,
I.gaping, split, cleft, opened, open.
I. Lit. (only poet.): “ubi hiulca siti findit Canis aestifer arva,Verg. G. 2, 353: “Aegyptus,Stat. Th. 4, 708: “venae fluminis,id. ib. 9, 450: “juga montis Tauri,Sol. 38 fin.: “nubes, Claud. Cons. Prob. et Olybr. 206: nimbi,id. Rapt. Pros. 2, 230: “vulnus,Sid. Ep. 6, 7: “ova,Claud. III. Cons. Hon. 4 praef.: mucro, i. e. ungues ferrei, Prud. στεφ. 10, 452: “ictus,id. ib. 5, 113.— *
B. Poet. transf., act., cleaving, destroying: “fulmen,Stat. Th. 1, 26.—
II. Trop.
A. Of speech, gaping, not well connected, forming a hiatus (class.): “struere verba sic, ut neve asper eorum concursus neve hiulcus sit, sed quodammodo coagmentatus et levis,Cic. de Or. 3, 43, 171; cf.: “hiulcae voces,id. Or. 44, 150: “nonnumquam hiulca etiam decent,Quint. 9, 4, 36.—*
B. Eager, longing for any thing: “gens,Plaut. Trin. 2, 2, 9.—* Adv.: hiulcē (acc. to II. A.), of speech, in a gaping manner, with a hiatus: “non aspere, non vaste, non rustice, non hiulce, sed presse et aequabiliter et leniter (loqui),Cic. de Or. 3, 12, 45.
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