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  • proper n. A female given name, in quiet use since the Middle Ages.


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From Latin Octāvia, feminine form of the gens name Octāvius, from octavus ("the eighth").


  • Octavius, he was himself Octavius, not Octavianus, as his sister was Octavia (so Pliny the Elder writes, "Marcellus _Octavia_" not Octaviana, "sorore Augusti genitus" N.H. XIX.

    Tacitus and Bracciolini The Annals Forged in the XVth Century

  • Octavia is always insightful and knowledgeable about the stories she reports on.

    Iran Nukes…or not?

  • The follower from Rome, whom she kick progressing for unwelcome news, right widely separated delicately tells her what she wants to hear: Octavia is short, has a low forehead, is lifeless in speech, as good as worst/best of all, she is thirty!

    Archive 2009-11-01

  • Octavia is the most natural of the three, a child who understands the politics of recess while being utterly powerless to affect them to her own advantage.

    Leaving Atlanta

  • Octavia is clearly Jones 'favorite, a fictional character written into the world Jones actually grew up in.

    Leaving Atlanta

  • I sensed a deep loneliness in Octavia, but also humor, vast intelligence, and a level of investment in her craft that was simply phenomenal ...


  • God knows Ellison has written and said enough other stuff that pissed people off that it's really not necessary to tastelessly drag in Octavia Butler to try and prove a point.

    On Harlangate

  • But even here they call Octavia "Lady Chevenix" and me "Lady Valmond" every minute -- never just "My Lady" like at home, and I am sure they would rather die than say

    Elizabeth Visits America

  • Without a word Octavia wrote a line and sent it by a servant.

    The Abbot's Ghost, or Maurice Treherne's Temptation A Christmas Story

  • The year 2000 saw a new, modernised version that is still manufactured under the name Octavia Tour.

    Automotive Headlines


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