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māternus , a, um, adj. mater,
I.of or belonging to a mother, maternal (class.): sanguis, Enn. ap. Non. 292, 16 (Trag. v. 184 Vahl.): “paternus maternusque sanguis,Cic. Rosc. Am. 24, 66: “animus,Ter. Heaut. 4, 1, 24: “nomen,Cic. Clu. 5, 12: “menses,the months of pregnancy, Nemes. Cyn. 19: “tempora,time of pregnancy, Ov. M. 3, 312: Caesar cingens maternā tempora myrto, i. e. of Venus, the mother of Æneas, from whom sprang the race of the Cæsars, Verg. G. 1, 28: “arma (Aeneae),” i. e. which his mother Venus had obtained for him from Vulcan, id. A. 12, 107: “aves,” i. e. the doves sacred to Venus, id. ib. 6, 193: “avus,” i. e. Atlas, the father of Maia, the mother of Mercury, id. ib. 4, 258: “Delum maternam invisit Apollo,” i. e. where his mother Latona had borne him, id. ib. 144: aequora, i. e. from which she (Venus) was born, Ov. F. 4, 131: “Numa,related by the mother's side, id. P. 3, 2, 105; cf.: “an ad maternos Latinos hoc senatus consultum pertineat,Gai. Inst. 3, 71: “nobilitas,by the mother's side, Verg. A. 11, 340: Idus, i. e. of May (Mercury's birthday), Mart. 7, 71 5—Of animals: “ut agnus condiscat maternum trahere alimentum,Col. 7, 3: “perdix materna vacans cura,Plin. 10, 33, 51, § 103.
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