from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An ancient Roman deity who presided over gardens and orchards, and was worshiped as the god of spring or of the seasons in general.
- n. [NL.] In zoology, a generic name variously applied to certain worms, beetles, and amphipods.
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To this I replied, smiling, "I am neither a player nor a _vertumnus_; but I am alternate, at one time in your light, and at another in your shade; thus both a foreigner and a native."