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cultūra, ae, f. [1. colo].

I. A cultivating, care, cultivation: agri, Varr. R. R. 2, praef. 4; Cic. Sen. 15, 54; Suet. Aug. 42 al.: agelli, Lucr. 5, 1366; cf. Cic. Agr. 2, 30, 83; 2, 35, 94; id. Fl. 29, 71, and agricultura: vitis, id. Fin. 5, 14, 39.—In plur.: agri culturas docuit usus, Lucr. 5, 1447.—

b. Absol., agriculture, tillage, husbandry, in the broadest sense (cf. agricola), Varr. R. R. 1, 18; 1, 7; Quint. 10, 2, 2; Hor. C. 3, 24, 14.—In plur., of the several parts of husbandry, Col. 11, 1, 30; 11, 2, 3.—

II. Trop.

A. Care, culture, cultivation: cultura animi philosophia est, Cic. Tusc. 2, 5, 13 (v. the figure in connection); so absol.: culturae patientem commodare aurem, Hor. Ep. 1, 1, 40.—

B. An honoring: potentis amici, i. e. a courting, flattering, Hor. Ep. 1, 18, 86.—

2. Of religious worship (late Lat.): Dei, Lact. 5, 7 al.; Tert. Apol. 21.; Lampr. Heliog. 3 fin.