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ostrum , i, n., = ὄστρεον.
I. Lit., the blood of the sea-snail, purple (cf.: “murex, purpura): ostro Perfusae vestes,Verg. A. 5, 111; Vitr. 7, 13.—
II. Transf.
A. Stuff dyed with purple, a purple dress, purple covering, purple: “textilibus si in picturis ostroque rubenti Jacteris,Lucr. 2, 35: “stratoque super discumbitur ostro,on purple-covered couches, Verg. A. 1, 700: “Sarrano dormire ostro,id. G. 2, 506: “velare umeros ostro,id. A. 7, 814; 4, 134; Prop. 4 (5), 3, 51. “cenae sine aulaeis et ostro,Hor. C. 3, 29, 15; id. Ep. 1, 10, 26.—
B. The brilliancy of purple, purple, Auct. Aetnae, 332.
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