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glăcĭes, ēi, f. [root in Gr. γάλα, γαλακτ-; cf. γλαγάω, to be milky, etc.; Germ. Gletscher; v. gelu], ice (cf.; gelu, pruina).

I. Lit.: sol glaciem dissolvit, Lucr. 6, 963; so ib. 878: ne teneras glacies secet aspera plantas, Verg. E. 10, 49; Hor. C. 2, 9, 5; Ov. M. 2, 808; 13, 795; Plin. 8, 28, 42, 103: lubrica, slippery ice, Liv. 21, 36, 7: Maeotica, Juv. 4, 42 et saep.—In plur.: glacies, Verg. G. 4, 517: glacierum, Sid. Ep. 4, 6 fin.; Vulg. Dan. 3, 70.—

II. Transf., hardness: tum glacies aeris flamma devicta liquescit, Lucr. 1, 493.