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īnstar n

indecl, an image, likeness, resemblance, appearance: terra quasi puncti instar obtinet, looks almost like: parvum instar eorum, quae concepisset, a small specimen, L.: omnia vix minimi momenti instar habent, the semblance of any importance whatever: quantum instar in ipso! What a presence! V.—With gen, like, in the form of, equal to, as large as, worth: Erana, non vici instar, sed urbis: ut instar muri hae saepes munimentum praebeant, Cs.: instar montis equus, as large as, V.: nomina ea partium urbis et instar urbium sunt, L.: unus ille dies mihi immortalitatis instar fuit, as good as: Plato mihi unus instar est omnium, worth them all.—About, nearly: cohortes quaedam, quod instar legionis videretur, Cs.: milites dati duarum instar legionum, L.

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