I. A Roman inferior priest, a priest's assistant or minister, who brought the victim to the altar and felled it with an axe, Suet. Calig. 32 fin.; Prop. 4 (5), 3, 62; Cic. Mil. 24, 65; Serv. Verg. A. 12, 120. Alluding to the corpulence of such priests: “popa venter,” a fat paunch, glutton, Pers. 6, 74.—*
II. In fem.: PHILEMA POPA DE INSVLA, perh. = she who sells animals for sacrifice, Inscr. Orell. 2457.