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prīmĭtĭae (prīmĭcĭae ), ārum, f. primus,
I.the first things of their kind, firstlings.
B. Transf., of other things: “primitiae metallorum,the first produce of the mine, Tac. H. 4, 53: “vitis,the first shoots, Col. 4, 10, 2: “plantae,id. 10, 147.—
II. Trop.: “primitiae juvenis miserae,his first unhappy essays, Verg. A. 11, 156: “tori,the first nuptial joys, Sil. 3, 111: “armorum,the first-fruits of war, Stat. Th. 11, 285: “lacrimarum,id. ib. 6, 146: “primitiae et quasi libamenta ingenuarum artium, Gell. praef.: spectaculi,App. M. 10, p. 253, 12: “commeatus,the beginning of navigation, id. ib. 11, p. 765 Oud.: “dormientium,the first to rise from the dead, Vulg. 1 Cor. 15, 20; 15, 23.
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