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phĭlŏlŏgĭa , ae, f., = φιλολογία.
I. In gen., love of learning or letters, literary pursuits, the study of polite literature (class.): “ne et opera et oleum philologiae nostrae perierit,Cic. Att. 2, 17, 1; Vitr. 7 praef. § “4: Homerus philologiae omnis dux,id. ib.
II. In partic., explanation, interpretation of the writings of others, philology (post-Aug.): “quae philosophia fuit, facta est philologia,Sen. Ep. 108, 24.
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