Plīnĭus, i, m., Pliny, name of a Roman gens. The most celebrated are,
- I. C. Plinius Secundus, also called Major (the Elder), author of an encyclopedical work in 37 books, who lost his life in an eruption of Vesuvius, A. D. 79.
- II. His nephew, C. Plinius Caecilius, also called Junior (the Younger), author of Letters and a Pane gyric on the emperor Trajan: facundus, Mart. 10, 19, 3.
- III. Plinius Valerianus, a physician in the time of the emperor Constantine.
Hence, Plīnĭānus, a, um, adj., belonging to or named after a Pling, Plinian: rasa, Plin. 15, 25, 30, § 103.