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inter-regnum, i, n., the time between the death of one king and the election of another, an interregnum: populus flagitare regem non destitit; cum ... illi principes novam interregni ineundi rationem excogitaverunt, Cic. Rep. 2, 12, 23: id ab re, quod nunc quoque tenet nomen, interregnum appellatum, Liv. 1, 17.—

II. Transf., under the republic, the time between the death or departure of the consuls and the choice of new ones: res ad interregnum venit, Cic. Att. 9, 9, 3: rem adduci ad interregnum, id. ib. 7, 9, 2: per interregnum renovare auspicia, Liv. 5, 31, 7: interregnum inire, to become interrex, id. 3, 8.