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claudus (clūdus, Plaut. Ps. 2, 2, 64; and clōdus, Arat. Act. Apost. 266), a, um, adj. [root klu-; v. claudo; prop. shut in, hampered], limping, halting, lame.

I. Prop.: sutor, Plaut. Aul. 1, 1, 34: deus, Cic. N. D. 1, 30, 83: claudus altero pede, Nep. Ages. 8, 1; Hor. Ep. 1, 17, 61: pes, id. C. 3, 2, 32: pars serpentis, Verg. A. 5. 278 al.—

b. Prov.: iste claudus, quemadmodum aiunt, pilam, said of one who cannot make a right use of a thing, Cic. Pis. 28, 69.—

II. Trop., wavering, crippled, imperfect, defective (rare; mostly poet.): clauda navigia aplustris, Lucr. 4, 436; cf.: claudae mutilataeque naves, Liv. 37, 24, 6; Curt. 9, 9, 13; Tac. A. 2, 24. —

B. Esp. of language: clauda carmina alterno versu, i. e. elegies (since every second verse is a foot shorter than the preceding), Ov. Tr. 3, 1, 11: clausulae, Quint. 9, 4, 116; cf. id. 9, 4, 70.—

C. Wavering, untrustworthy: clauda pars officii tui, Ov. P. 3, 1, 86; cf.: clauda fides, Sil. 13, 33.— No comp. or sup.