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Lewis : parturio

parturio, partŭrĭo, īvi or ĭi, 4 (imperf. parturibat, Phaedr. 4, 21, 1), v. desid. a. [2. pario], to desire to bring forth, to be in travail or labor; said of women and of animals. Lit.: vereor ne parturire intellegat, Ter. Hec. 3, 3, 53: tu (Lucina) voto parturientis ades, Ov. F. 3, 256: parturiens canis, Phaedr. 1, 18, 3.—Prov.: parturiunt montes, nascetur ridiculus mus, said of those who promise great things, but accomplish little or nothing; like the Engl. expression, great cry and little wool, Hor. A. P. 139 (after the Greek proverb, ὤδινεν ὄρος, εἶτα μῦν ἀπέτεκεν ); cf., also, Phaedr. 4, 21, 1 sq.

Transf. To be big or pregnant with any thing; to brood over, meditate, purpose, Cic. Mur. 39, 84: ut aliquando dolor populi Romani pariat, quod jamdiu parturit! id. Phil. 2, 46, 118; so, quod diu parturit animus vester, aliquando pariat, Liv. 21, 18, 12: ingentes parturit ira minas, Ov. H. 12, 208; cf.: filioli mei quos iterum parturio, Vulg. Gal. 4, 19.—* To be anxious or concerned: quā (securitate) frui non possit animus, si tamquam parturiat unus pro pluribus, Cic. Lael. 13, 45; App. M. 7, 4.

In gen., to bring forth, produce, yield, generate, etc. (poet.): quis Parthum paveat ... Quis Germania quos horrida parturit Fetus, incolumi Caesare? Hor. C. 4, 5, 26: et nunc omnis ager, nunc omnis parturit arbos, is budding forth, Verg. E. 3, 56; id. G. 2, 330; cf. Col. poët. 10, 10: neque parturit imbres Perpetuos (Notus), Hor. C. 1, 7, 16: felicemque uterum, qui nomina parturit annis, i. e. the yearly consuls, Claud. Cons. Prob. et Olybr. 204: parturit innumeros angusto pectore mundos, to conceive, imagine, id. Cons. Mall. Theod. 81, 3.—Hence, P. a. as subst.: partŭrĭens, entis, f., a woman in labor: dolores parturientis, Vulg. Osee, 13, 13; id. Psa. 47, 6.