1. cămillus (also casmilus; cf. Camena and Varr. L. L. 7, § 34 Müll.), i, m. [with difficulty connected with the Samothracian Kabiren-Hermes, Κάδμιλος and Κάδμος; cf. Varr. L. L. 7, 3, § 34 Müll., and Macr. S. 3, 8; perh. dim. from root of Camena; cf. carmen],
- I. a noble youth employed in the sacrifices of the Flamen Dialis, and then, gen., in religious offices, Paul. ex Fest. p. 43 Müll.: hiberno pulvere, verno luto, grandia farra Camille metes, Poët. ib. p. 93.
The same verse is given with the expl., Camillus adulescens est, by Serv. ad Verg. G. 1, 101: Romani pueros et puellas nobiles et investes Camillos et Camillas appellant, flaminicarum et flaminum praeministros, Macr. S. 3, 8, 7; repeated by Serv. ad Verg. A. 11, 543; cf. also Paul. ex Fest. p. 63 Müll. s. v. cumeram.
- B. = pusillus, small, Quint. 8, 3, 19.
- II. camilla, ae, f., a maiden of unblemished birth and character: caelitum camilla, Pac. ap. Varr. L. L. 7, § 34 Müll. (Trag. Rel. v. 232 Rib.): = administra, since only such maidens were permitted to serve in the sacred rites, v. Varr. l. l.; Macr. S. 3, 8, 7; Serv. ad Verg. A. 11, 543.
2. Cămillus, i, m., a cognomen of several persons in the gens Furia; the most distinguished of whom was M. Furius Camillus, who conquered Veii, and freed Rome from the Gauls, Liv. 5, 19, 2 sq.; Cic. Rep. 1, 3, 6.