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a Roman god of gardens, orchards, and seasonal change
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from Latin, from vertere to turn, change
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  • At its entrance was the bronze statue of vertumnus, the god of Etruria, and patron of the quarter.

    Walks in Rome Augustus J.C. Hare
  • There are no Pomona and vertumnus but the gardener's spade and hoe.

    A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 10 (of 10) Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
  • vertumnus seized the favorable opportunity, revealed himself, and clasped her to his breast.

    Myths of Greece and Rome H. A. Guerber
  • In this disguise, vertumnus recommended himself and his virtues to Pomona.

  • Bacchus supplied streams of nectar to its root, and vertumnus showered his choicest perfumes on its head.

    Flowers and Flower-Gardens David Lester Richardson
  • vertumnus and Pomona were also Roman deities and presided over orchards and gardens.

  • After sounding her mind and finding her averse to marriage, the woman pleaded for vertumnus's success.

    The Book of Hallowe'en Ruth Edna Kelley
  • vertumnus in Roman mythology the god of the seasons, wooed Pomona under a succession of disguises, and won her at last.

    The Nuttall Encyclopaedia Edited by Rev. James Wood
  • This picture is now called the Nuptials of vertumnus and Pomona.

    Walks in Rome Augustus J.C. Hare
  • And Propertius hints at a like representation of vertumnus, the garden deity.

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