Linum, lini, m. g. Plin. Line or slate: a threede: a cable or rope in a ship: a casting net or dragge.Seges lini vrit campum.Virg.Lini semen. Plin. Line seede. Linum crudum. Cels. Linum factum. Vlpian. Flare wrought: yarne.Linum infectum. Vlpian. Flare vnspunne.Carpere linum, Vide CARPO.Linum. Cels. A threede. Traijcere duo lina acu. Cels. Linum.Virg.A draggenet.
Linus, The moste auntient Poet, a Theban, whome Virgil calleth the son of Apollo, & Vrania one of the nine Muses.
Lewis and Short: Latin dictionary
līnum, i, n. [Gr. li/non; Goth. lein; Germ. Leinwand; Engl. linen], flax.I.Lit.: reticulum, tenuissimo lino, Cic. Verr. 2, 5, 11, 27: urit lini campum seges, Verg. G. 1, 77; cf. Plin. 19 prooem. 2; 19, 1, 1, 9: lino legato tam factum quam infectum continetur, quodque netum quodque in tela est, Dig. 32, 70, 11.—II.Transf.A.A thread, Cels. 7, 14: consuto vulnere, crassum atque recens linum ostendit non una cicatrix, Juv. 3, 151.—Esp., the thread with which letters were bound and legal instruments sealed: effer cito stilum, ceram et tabellas et linum, Plaut. Bacch. 4, 4, 64: per ceram et linum litterasque interpretes salutem mittit, id. Ps. 1, 1, 40: linum incidimus, legimus, Cic. Cat. 3, 5.—Hence: solvere vincula epistolae,
Lĭnus (-os), i, m., = *li:nos, Linus. I.A son of Apollo and Psammate, daughter of Crotopus, king of the Argives; he was given by his mother to the care of shepherds, and one day, being left alone, was torn to pieces by dogs; whereupon Apollo sent into the land a monster which destroyed everything, until slain by Chorœbus, Stat. Th. 6, 64; 1, 557 sqq.—II.The son of Apollo and Terpsichore, instructor of Orpheus and Hercules, the latter of whom killed him by a blow with the lyre: flam, ut ego opinor, Hercules, tu autem Linus, Plaut. Bacch. 1, 2, 47; Verg. E. 4, 56; Prop. 2, 10 (3, 4), 8, who confounds him with the preceding. According to others, he was a son of Mercury and Urania, and was killed by Apollo in Eubœa, Hyg. Fab. 161; Mart. 9, 86, 4.—III.A fountain in Arcadia, Plin. 31, 2, 7, 10.