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planctus , ūs, m. plango.
I. In gen., a striking or beating accompanied by a loud noise, a banging, rustling, roaring (postAug. and mostly poet.): unum omnes incessere planctibus, of the flappings of the Harpies' wings, Val. Fl. 4, 494: “tremuit perterritus aether Planctibus insolitis,Petr. 136: planctus illisae cautibus undae, of the roaring of the waves, Luc. 6, 690.—
II. In partic., a beating of the breast, arms, and face in mourning; a wailing, lamentation, lament (syn.: “plangor, lamentum, ploratus): clamor barbaro ululatu planctuque permixtus,Curt. 3, 12, 3: “lamentis et planctibus tota regia personabat,id. 10, 5, 7; Sen. Cons. ad Marc. 6, 2; Val. Max. 2, 6, 7; Sen. Troad. 92: “pectora illiso sonent Contusa planctu,id. Thyest. 1045: “verberabam aegrum planctibus pectus,Petr. 81; Luc. 2, 23: “gemitus ac planctus,groans and lamentations, Tac. A. 1, 41; Flor. 4, 1 med.: “et factus est planctus magnus in Israel,Vulg. 1 Macc. 1, 26 et saep.
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