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praecursor, ōris, m. [praecurro], one who runs before.
- I. A forerunner, precursor, of a servant, Plin. Pan. 76 fin.; one who precedes on the same path, Lact. 6, 7, 3.
Esp., the forerunner of Christ, John the Baptist, Aug. Tract. in Johan. 4, 6; 4, 8.
- II. Trop.: flos praecursor indolis bonae, Nazar. Pan. Const. 3 med.
- III. In milit. lang., an advanced guard, vanguard, Liv. 26, 17 fin.
- B. Transf., a scout, spy (cf.: emissarius, speculator), Cic. Verr. 2, 5, 41, § 108.