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- n. A Roman ball stuffed with feathers, used in a game that is sometimes considered a precursor to golf (since early golf balls had a similar construction).
- n. The game itself.
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Among the Romans there appear to have been three types or sizes of ball, the _pila_, or small ball, used in catching games, the _paganica_, a heavy ball stuffed with feathers, and the _follis_, a leather ball filled with air, the largest of the three.
C. ille dat, ut primas Cereri dare cultor aristas possit et intacto Bromium perfundere uino, ut nudus ruptas saliat calcator in uuas utque bono plaudat paganica turba magistro, 125 qui facit egregios ad peruia compita ludos.