Definition of blatta
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Orthography ID = 2006851
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LNS
blatta, blattae
blatta
noun (f., 1st declension)
  1. an insect that shuns the light
  2. the cockroach, chafer, moth
Abbreviations
blatta, ae, f., an insect that shuns the light; of several kinds, the cockroach, chafer, moth, etc., Plin. 29, 6, 39, § 139; 11, 28, 34, § 99: lucifuga, Verg. G. 4, 243 (per noctem vagans, Serv.); cf. Col. 9, 7, 5; Pall. 1, 37, 4; Hor. S. 2, 3, 119; Mart. 14, 37; cf. Voss, Verg. l. l.

—On account of its mean appearance: amore cecidi tamquam blatta in pelvim, Laber. ap. Non. p. 543, 27.
 
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