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Lewis : genetrix

genetrix gĕnĕtrix (less freq. gĕnĭtrix; cf. Wagn. Verg. G. 4, 363, and Lachm. ad Lucr. II. p. 15 sq.), īcis, f. genitor, she that has borne any one, or produced any thing, a mother (poet. and in post-Aug. prose; syn. mater). Lit.: Venus, genetrix patris nostri (Aeneae), Enn. ap. Non. 378, 16 (Ann. v. 53 Vahl.); so of Venus, as the mother of Aeneas, Verg. A. 1, 590; 8, 383; 12, 412; 554; as the ancestress of the Romans: Aeneadūm genetrix, Lucr. 1, 1; and of Cæsar, Suet. Caes. 61; 78; 84 (cf.: Venere prognatus, of Cæsar, Cael. ap. Cic. Fam. 8, 15, 2; cf. also Suet. Caes. 6 and 49); as the mother of Amor, Verg. A. 1, 689; of Cybele: me magna deūm genetrix his detinet oris, (also called Magna Mater), id. ib. 2, 788; so of the same, id. ib. 9, 82; 94; 117: genetrix Priami de gente vetusta Est mihi (shortly after: parens), id. ib. 9, 284; cf.: nec ferro ut demens genetricem occidis Orestes (shortly after: occisa parente), Hor. S. 2, 3, 133: (ciconiae) genetricum senectam invicem educant, Plin. 10, 23, 32, § 63; Vulg. Cant. 3, 4 al.

Transf. She that produces, a mother: (tellus) magna deūm mater materque ferarum, et nostri genetrix corporis, Lucr. 2, 599: patria o mea creatrix! patria o mea genetrix! Cat. 63, 50: frugum, i. e. Ceres, Ov. M. 5, 490: Miletus, Ioniae caput, super octoginta urbium per cuncta maria genetrix, mother-city, Plin. 5, 29, 31, § 112: Aegyptus vitiorum genetrix, id. 26, 1, 3, § 4: genetrix virtutum frugalitas, Just. 20, 4.

Poet. of a mother-in-law, Ov. M. 9, 326.