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Definition of semilixa

I'm not learning Latin but I recently bought a Latin - English dictionary for my dictionary collection.

It's a Collins Gem from 1961.

I stumbled across the following definition

semilixa - not much better than a camp-follower.

This seemed like a strange definition in an otherwise serious dictionary.

I then looked up
lixa - sutler, camp-follower

A search on the web revealed
semilixa - half a sutler
(i'm sure it's not this!)

Anyway, the definition ...
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Translation from english to latin

I would like the following quote translated to latin if anyony can help?
“Love is not something you learn, love is something you know,
but do not realize until you find it…”
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My sons and daughters

If you have two nouns, of different genders, how would you make an adj. like my agree?

filii mei (my sons)

filiae meae (my daughters)

filii et filiae m--? (my sons and daughters)

I was thinking the my would just be masculine, as you see in modern Romance languages, but I wasn't sure.
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Alcibiades latinus

I found a short Latin hypothesis to Plato's dialogue Alicibiades (I) in an old edition of the text by Philip Buttmann (19th c. German classicist) and thought that I'd post it for fun and to advertise the reading group that is just getting under way in the Greek forum:

The late antique grammarian Priscian also translates a number of sentences from the introduction of the dialogue into Latin in order to demonstrate how Latin ...
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'Ab' before consonantal 'u' and 'i'

No, I just don't wanna give up this subject. :-P

What are the usual conventions for "ab" versus "a" before consonantal 'i' or 'u'? My observation has been that "ab" occurrs before words like "Iulio" whereas "a" is placed before "uento," unless I'm mistaken, which I hope I am. But if this was the classical convention, did the Romans pronounce their two semi-vowels differently with respect to ...
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Georgicon Liber 1, lines 77-78

urit enim lini campum seges, urit auenae,
urunt Lethaeo perfusa papauera somno;

I would like translate this as:

"the crop of flax dries out the plain, the oats are drying out,
the poppies, drenched in the slumber of Lethe, are drying out." (I love the poppies drenched in Lethe's sleep.)

I assume this 'drying out' means they are taking that yellowy/golden grain color and are about ready to be harvested, but I don't quite understand ...
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De regulo

(I feel some guilt when I post so many questions to these forums, since it seems that benissimus fields virtually all of them. I certainly don't object to benissimus' rapid and loyal assistance - in fact, I admire and appreciate it immensely - but I hope that he enjoys correcting and advising as much as I enjoy being corrected and advised.)

I am currently working through Regulus, the translation of Antoine de Saint-Exupery's classic work ...
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Quis est...

Hejsan mina goda v�nner!
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letter to my Latin prof

Salvete omnes.

Below you will find a short note that I have included on the back of a postcard for my Latin prof. Though it is now to late to alter it - haec inscripta sunt - I would like to know how I can improve my knowledge of personal letter writing and the diction that usuall accompanies it. From this exercise, I have learned that I don't have a very good knowldge at all ...
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Well then!

So ... well then ... all righty ... now, how do I say any of that in Latin? I still am now aware of a satisfactory Latin word or phrase for the English interjection well or well then.

Italian has allora and Spanish has ahora while French has alors. Obviously those are all vulgarisms and classical Latin must have had something very different — but what?

Gratias ago cuiquam ullam ideam habet.
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