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prōnŭbus , a, um, adj. pro-nubo,
I.of or belonging to marriage, bridal, promoting marriage: “canes,pimps, Tert. ad Nat. 1, 2: “anulus,wedding-ring, id. Apol. 6: “nox,the bridal night, Claud. Cons. Honor. 642: “flamma,a bridal torch, id. Rapt. Pros. 1, 131: “dextra,id. Epigr. 2, 53.—Hence, as subst.
I. prōnŭbus , i, m., = παράνυμφος, auspex (2. b.), the promoter of a marriage, a groomsman, Anthol. Lat. 6, 50, 2: “accepit maritum suum de amicis ejus et pronubis,Vulg. Judic. 14, 20.—
II. prōnŭ-ba , ae, f., a woman who attended to the necessary arrangements of a wedding on the part of the bride, a bridewoman (corresp. to the auspex on the part of the bridegroom), Varr ap. Serv. Verg. A. 4, 166; Fest. p. 242 Müll., Paul. ex Fest. p. 244 ib.; Tert. Exhort. ad Cast. 13; Cat. 61, 186; Stat. S. 1, 2, 11.—Hence, Pronuba, an epithet of Juno, the patron goddess of marriage, Verg. A. 4, 166; Ov. H. 6, 43.—Transf., of Bellona, as the presider over a marriage in which the bride is obtained by war, Verg. A. 7, 319; also, of one of the Furies, Ov. H. 2, 117; Luc. 8, 90; App. M. 8, p. 207, 3.
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