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Mercŭrĭālis , e, adj. Mercurius,
I.of or belonging to the god Mercury: “caduceum,App. M. 11, p. 262: unde frequentia Mercuriale Imposuere mihi cognomen compita, called me Mercury (as being a skilful man of business), Hor. S. 2, 3, 25.—Subst.: Mercŭrĭāles , ium, m., the name of a corporation of traders: “Mercuriales M. Furium Flaccum de collegio ejecerunt,Cic. Q. Fr. 2, 5, 2.—With reference to Mercury as the god of scholars: “Faunus, Mercurialium Custos virorum,Hor. C. 2, 17, 28.—
B. Of or belonging to the planet Mercury: “cursus,Macr. Somn. Scip. 2, 4.—
II. Transf.
A. Herba mercurialis, a plant, dog's-mercury, Cato, R. R. 158; Plin. 25, 5, 18, § 38.—
B. Pagus Mercurialis, a town of Africa propria, in Zeugitana, Inscr. Spon. Miscell. Erud. Antiq. p. 191.
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    • Horace, Satires, 2.3.25
    • Pliny the Elder, Naturalis Historia, 25.38
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