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Vulpīnārī - to be clever like a fox, to be a sly dog


Dē vulpīnandō! A wonderful verb that we can use to tease in a friendly manner. Enjoy this short audio in Latin about my musing on this fun word.

https://www.latinitium.com/latin-dictionaries?t=lsn51432

vulpīnor (volp-), āri, v. dep. n.[vulpinus], to play the fox, be sly as a fox (anteand post-class.), Varr. ap. Non. p. 46, 26; App. M. 3, p. 139, 5.

Apuleius Madaurensis, Metamorphoses 3.22.16 

https://latin.packhum.org/loc/1212/2/2/[email protected]#2

'Patere, ōrō tē', inquam 'dum dictat occāsiō, magnō et singulārī mē adfectiōnis tuae frūctū perfruī et impertīre nōbīs ūnctulum indidem per istās tuās pūpillās, mea mellītula, tuumque mancipium inremūnerābilī beneficiō sīc tibi perpetuō pignera ac jam perfice ut meae Venerī Cupīdō pinnātus adsistam tibi.'

'Ain?' inquit 'Vulpīnāris, amāsiō, mēque sponte asceam crūribus meīs inlīdere compellis? Sīc inermem vix ā lupulīs cōnservō Thessalīs; hunc ālitem factum ubi quaeram, vidēbō quandō?'

https://www.latinitium.com/latin-dictionaries?t=sh6022

sly: astūtus, argūtus, callĭdus, etc.: v. cunning. The s. puss, mala, Pl. Rud. 2, 5, 9.

cunning (adj.):

1. callĭdus (the most gen. term: also in good sense, v. skilful): a c. thief, c. fur, Mart. Join: versuti homines et callidi, Cic. c. atque subdolus, Pl.

2. dŏlōsus (full of wiles): v. wily.

3. astūtus, argūtus: v. artful, sly.

4. văfer, fra, frum (tricky, ingenious, artful): c. art, v. ars, Mart.: Hor.

5. versūtus (sharp, quick-witted): Cic. (v. supr.): Vell.

6. subdŏlus, cautus: v. sly. See also subtle, shrewd.

Phr.: a c. fellow, vĕtĕrātor: Ter.


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