Cognomen, maybe of Etruscan origin and probably initially a praenomen (Schulze, 158, 519; Kajanto, Cognomina 178). Nickname of one of the oldest branches of the Cornelii ( Cornelius [I 20-22]). Meaning as the nickname ‘woodworm’ is uncertain , in the early imperial period also a praenomen of some Cornelii Lentuli (Cornelius [II 26-27]).
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Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum),
Brill’s New Pauly
, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry.
Consulted online on 28 January 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e307670>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510