Definition of volubilis
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LNS
volūbilis, volūbile
volvo
adjective (3rd 2-termination)
  1. that is turned round, that turns itself round, turning, spinning, whirling, circling, rolling, revolving
  2. rapid, fluent, voluble
  3. changeable, mutable
Abbreviations
volūbilis, e, adj. volvo, that is turned round or (more freq.) that turns itself round, turning, spinning, whirling, circling, rolling, revolving. Lit.: buxum, i. e. a top, Verg. A. 7, 382: caelum, Cic. Univ. 6 fin.: sol, Prud. Cath. 3 praef.: nexus (anguis), Ov. M. 3, 41: volubilis et rotundus deus, Cic. N. D. 2, 17, 46: figurae aquae, Lucr. 3, 190: procursus, id. 2, 455: aquae, Hor. C. 4, 1, 40; cf.: labitur (sc. amnis), et labetur in omne volubilis aevum, id. Ep. 1, 2, 43: aurum, i. e. the golden apple, Ov. M. 10, 667; cf. id. H. 20, 209: electrum, Plin. 37, 3, 11, ยง 42: pila, App. M. 2, p. 116.

— Trop. Of speech, rapid, fluent, voluble (the figure taken from rolling waters): vis volubilis orationis, Auct. Her. 3, 14, 25: oratio, Cic. Brut. 28, 108: rotunda volubilisque sententia, Gell. 11, 13, 4.

—Transf., of the speaker: homo volubilis quādam praecipiti celeritate dicendi, Cic. Fl. 20, 48; id. Brut. 27, 105; id. Fragm. ap. Prisc. p. 617 P.

— Of fate, changeable, mutable: vaga volubilisque fortuna, Cic. Mil. 26, 69; cf.: cum videamus tot varietates tam volubili orbe circumagi, Plin. Ep. 4, 24, 6: fortunae volubiles casus, Amm. 22, 1, 1: volubilium casuum diritas, id. 26, 1, 3.

—Adv.: volūbi-liter. Swiftly rolling, spinning, Amm. 20, 11, 26; cf. Non. p. 4, 1.

— Trop., of speech, rapidly, fluently, volubly: funditur numerose et volubiliter oratio, Cic. Or. 62, 210.
 
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