Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Roman antiquity, a large dish or platter of metal used for serving meat at table. A pewter lanx found in Norfolk, England, is 2 feet 4¾ inches in diameter, and weighs 30 pounds; and Latin writers tell of such a dish of still greater weight.
“A satura was a verse composition, or “medley,” which treated of a variety of subjects in a variety of voices, and is supposed to have had a culinary etymological origin in the term lanx satura, a dish of various fruits offered to the gods.”
“Search by platter and loincloth (_lanx et licium_) became obsolete; search with witnesses present survived.”
“The fable of Dumpling, in the true spirit of _lanx satura_, allows Carey to attack by indirection a complete spectrum of traditional eighteenth-century targets.”
“BALANCE (derived through the Fr. from the Late Lat. _bilantia_, an apparatus for weighing, from _bi_, two, and _lanx_, a dish or scale), a term originally used for the ordinary beam balance or weighing machine with two scale pans, but extended to include (with or without adjectival qualification) other apparatus for measuring and comparing weights and forces.”
“It bears the title "Satyricon Libri IX" from satura, sc. lanx, "a full dish".”
“_Satura_ (or _Satira_) is from _lanx saturu_, the medley or hodge-podge,”
“_Satura_, which some think to be always an adjective, with _lanx_ understood, though _lanx_, according to”
“Certe non dubitatur, cujuscunque materiae sit ea lanx, satis legi fieri.”
“The art world tentatively accepted it as an original, and the lanx was sold at auction in 1992 for £100,000, before being donated to the British Museum.”
“& Arminiani, Originale peccatum ne - natur pondere, & ficnt lanx qu2 majori pne - int.”
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