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Lewis : chorus

chorus, chŏrus, i, m., = χορός [cf. Lidd. and Scott under χορός ]. A dance in a ring, a choral dance, a dance, = chorea: chorus et cantus, Tib. 1, 7, 44; cf. Prop. 4 (5), 6, 70: Nympharum leves chori, Hor. C. 1, 1, 31: ferre pedem choris, id. ib. 2, 12, 17; Tib. 2, 1, 56: choros agere, Prop. 2, 3, 18: agitare, Verg. G. 4, 533: ducere, Hor. C. 1, 4, 5; 4, 7, 6: exercere, Verg. A. 1, 499: indicere, id. ib. 11, 737: instaurare, Stat. Achill. 4, 145: ostentare, id. ib. 2, 148 sq.: celebrare, Sen. Herc. Oet. 594: nectere, id. ib. 367: dare, Mart. 4, 44.

The harmonious motions of the heavenly bodies (cf. chorea), Tib. 2, 1, 88.

Meton. (abstr. pro concr.), a troop or band of dancers and singers, a chorus, choir: saltatores, citharistas, totum denique comissationis Antonianae chorum, etc., Cic. Phil. 5, 6, 15; Cat. 63, 30: Phoebi chorus, Verg. E. 6, 66; cf. Prop. 3 (4), 5, 20; Hor. C. S. 75: chorus Dryadum, Verg. G. 4, 460: Nereidum, id. A. 5, 240: Idaei chori, id. ib. 9, 112: Pierius, Mart. 12, 3: canorus, Juv. 11, 163; Ov. M. 3, 685.—Of the chorus in tragedy: actoris partes chorus officiumque virile Defendat, etc., Hor. A. P. 193; cf. id. ib. 283; id. Ep. 2, 1, 134; Gell. 19, 10, 12.

The heavenly bodies moving in harmony (cf. supra, I. b.): Pleiadum, Prop. 3 (4), 5, 36; Hor. C. 4, 14, 21: astrorum, Stat. Achill. 1, 643.

In gen., a multitude, band, troop, crowd: chorus juventutis, Cic. Mur. 24, 49: philosophorum, id. Fin. 1, 8, 26; id. Att. 14, 8, 1; so, vatum, Hor. C. 4, 3, 15: scriptorum, id. Ep. 2, 2, 77: puellarum, id. C. 2, 5, 21: (piscium), Sen. Agam. 452: virtutum, Cic. Off. 3, 33, 116; id. Tusc. 5, 5, 13 (hence, Engl. choir, quire; Fr. choeur; Ital. coro).