Definition of tectorium
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1.
LNS
tectōrium, tectōriī
tectorius
noun (n., 2nd declension)
  1. plaster, stucco, fresco-painting, a wash
  2. a paste of flour put on the face to preserve the beauty of the complexion
  3. smooth words, flattery
Abbreviations
tectōrius, a, um, adj. tego, of or belonging to covering or to a cover. In gen. (very rare): paniculum, thatch, Plaut. Mil. 1, 1, 18.

— Hence, Subst.: tectō-rium, ii, n., a covering, cover, Cato, R. R. 11, 2.

— In partic., that belongs to or serves for covering or overlaying walls, ceilings, floors, etc.; of or belonging to staining, painting, stuccoing, plastering, etc. (freq. and class.): opus, Varr. R. R. 1, 57, 1; cf. id. ib. 3, 11, 2: neque id (sepulcrum) opere tectorio exornari, Cic. Leg. 2, 26, 65: atramentum tectorium, that serves for staining or washing walls, Plin. 35, 6, 25, § 43: saetae e penicillis tectoriis, plasterers' brushes, id. 28, 17, 71, § 235.

—Hence, Subst.: tec-tōrium, ii, n., plaster, stucco, fresco-painting, a wash for walls, etc.: parietes ac camarae munitae tectorio, Varr. R. R. 3, 8, 1; Cic. Div. 2, 27, 58; Cic. Verr. 2, 1, 55, § 145; id. Q. Fr. 3, 1, 1; id. Att. 1, 10, 3; Vitr. 7, 2, sq.; 5, 10; Sen. Ep. 86, 8; Col. 8, 15, 5; Plin. 35, 16, 56, § 194; 36, 23, 55, § 176; Dig. 15, 3, 3.

— Satirically, a paste of flour put on the face to preserve the beauty of the complexion: tandem aperit vultum et tectoria prima reponit, cover, coating, Juv. 6, 467.

— Trop., of speech, smooth words, flattery (very rare): dignoscere cautus, Quid solidum crepet et pictae tectoria linguae, Pers. 5, 24; so imitated, Aug. Ep. 1 ad Volusian.
 
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