Definition of favilla
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LNS
favilla, favillae
φα, φῶς, Sanscr. root bha, to shine; Gr. φα, φῶς, etc., cf. Lat. fax
noun (f., 1st declension)
  1. hot cinders or ashes, glowing ashes, embers
  2. the ashes of the dead
  3. a glimmering spark, beginning, origin
Abbreviations
favilla, ae, f. Sanscr. root bhā-, to shine; Gr. φα-, φῶς, etc., cf. Lat. fax, hot cinders or ashes, glowing ashes, embers (cf. cinis). Lit. (poet. and in post-Aug. prose): ibi favillae plena coquendo sit faxo (psaltria). Ter. Ad. 5, 3, 60: scintillas agere ac late differre favillam, Lucr. 2, 675; cf. Ov. M. 7, 80; and: cum contectus ignis ex se favillam discutit scintillamque emittit, Plin. 18, 35, 84, § 358: candens, Verg. A. 3, 573: cana, Ov. M. 8, 525: e carbone restincto favilla digito sublata, Plin. 26, 11, 72, § 118: cinis e favilla et carbonibus ad calefaciendum triclinium illatus, Suet. Tib. 74: nihil invenit praeter tepidam in ara favillam, id. Galb. 18: vi pulveris ae favillae oppressus est. (Plinius), Suet. Fragm. Hist., ed. Roth, p. 301.

— In partic., the ashes of the dead still glowing: corporis favillam ab reliquo separant cinere, Plin. 19, 11, 4, § 19: ibi tu calentem Debita sparges lacrima favillam Vatis amici, Hor. C. 2, 6, 23; Tib. 3, 2, 10; Prop. 1, 19, 19; Verg. A. 6, 227; Ov. F. 3, 561.

— Transf.: salis, powder of salt, Plin. 31, 7, 42, § 90.

—* Trop., a glimmering spark, i. e. beginning, origin: haec est venturi prima favilla mali, Prop. 1, 9, 18.
 
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