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index , dĭcis, com. 1. indico,
I.he who (that which) points out, a pointer, indicator (class.).
I. Lit.
A. Of things.
1. Of the forefinger, index-finger.
(α). With digitus: “indice monstraret digito,Hor. S. 2, 8, 26; Isid. Orig. 11, 1, 70.—
(β). Alone: “sed plane pollex, non index,Cic. Att. 13, 46, 1. —
B. Of persons.
1. In gen., one who indicates or discloses, a discoverer, director, guide, informer, discloser, witness: “haec omnia indices detulerunt, rei confessi sunt,Cic. Cat. 4, 3, 5: “Sestius ab indice Cn. Nerio de ambitu est postulatus,id. Q. Fr. 2, 3, 5; id. Clu. 7, 21: “immittere ad rei probationem,Just. 32, 2 fin.: “idem et testis,Tac. A. 4, 28.—
2. Esp., in a bad sense, an informer, betrayer, spy: “Catilinam vallatum indicibus atque sicariis,Cic. Mur. 24, 49: “saeptus armatis indicibus,id. Sest. 44, 95; id. Vat. 10, 24.—
II. Transf.
A. Of books.
1. A title, superscription: “deceptus indicibus librorum,Cic. de Or. 2, 14, 61: “alteri (libello) Gladius, alteri Pugio index erat,Suet. Cal. 49: “index orationis P. Scipionis nomen M. Naevii habet,Liv. 38, 56. —
2. An index, catalogue, table, list, summary: “ut non indicem certe ex bibliotheca sumptum transferre in libros suos possit,Quint. 10, 1, 57: “philosophorum,Sen. Ep. 39, 2; cf. Gell. 3, 3, 1: “hactenus omnia jura quasi per indicem tetigisse satis est,Gai. Inst. 3, 54: “quasi per indicem rem exponere,id. ib. 4, 15: “fungar indicis partibus,Plin. Ep. 3, 5, 2.—
B. Of paintings or statues, an inscription: “nec quaeris, quid quaque index sub imagine dicat,Tib. 4, 1, 30: “tabula in aedem Matris Matutae cum indice hoc posita est, etc.,Liv. 41, 28, 8.—
C. Of a touchstone: “in durum silicem, qui nunc quoque dicitur Index,Ov. M. 2, 706.
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