quaestor ōris, m for quaesitor, a quaestor (originally two deputies of the consuls, to investigate and try capital crimes; elected annually at the comitia of the tribes. From the earliest days of the republic they had the care of public moneys, archives, and military standards, in the temple of Saturn. Their number was gradually increased to 40; but most of them were employed in the provinces, assigned to them by lot): Cassium de occupando regno molientem quaestor accusavit: a quaestoribus diem dictam perduellionis damnatumque, etc., L.: quaestores urbani: a quaestore numeravit, paid by an order on the quaestor: cum quaestores sortiuntur: Ostiensis, i. e. customs-officer at Ostia.
—Fig.: quaestor non imperi, sed doloris mei, i. e. guardian.