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trĭpŭdĭum , ii, n. acc. to Cic. Div. 2, 34, 72, contr. from terripavium, terripudium, but prob. from ter and pes; cf. the old form tripodare, whence tripodatio; in relig. lang.,
I. Lit., a measured stamping, a leaping, jumping, dancing in relig. solemnities, a solemn religious dance: “Salios ancilia ferre ac per urbem ire canentes carmina, cum tripudiis sollemnique saltatu jussit,Liv. 1, 20, 4; cf. tripudio and ‡ tripodatio.—
II. A favorable omen, when the sacred chickens ate so greedily that the food dropped from their mouths to the ground, Cic. Div. 2, 34, 72; 2, 36, 77; 1, 15, 28; Liv. 10, 40, 5; Suet. Tib. 2; cf. solistimus.
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