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Triptŏlĕmus , i, m., = Τριπτόλεμος,
I.a son of Celeus, king of Eleusis and of Metanira; he was the inventor of agriculture, and became a judge in the infernal regions, Ov. F. 4, 507 sq.; id. Tr. 3, 8, 1; id. M. 5, 646 sq.; Auct. Her. 4, 6, 9; Cic. Tusc. 1, 41, 98; Cic. Verr. 2, 4, 49, § 110; Stat. S. 4, 2, 36; Hyg. Fab. 147.—Prov.: Triptolemo fruges dare, like the Engl. to carry coals to Newcastle, Ov. P. 4, 2, 10. — Hence, Triptŏlĕmĭcus , a, um, adj., of or belonging to Triptolemus, i. e. to husbandry, agricultural: “dens,” i. e. the plough, Fulg. Myth. prol. 1.
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