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From ad (to, towards, at) + volō (fly).


  • Hyphenation: ad‧vo‧lo


present active advolō, present infinitive advolāre, perfect active advolāvī, supine advolātum

  1. I fly to or toward.
  2. (figuratively) I run, dash or come to or toward, swoop on.



  • 45 BCE, Cicero, De Natura Deorum, liber 3, 49:
    Legi etiam scriptum, esse avem quandam, quae Platalea nominaretur, eam sibi cibum quaerere advolantem ad eas aves, quae se in mari mergerent []
    I have even read in a book that there is a bird called the spoonbill, which procures its food by flying towards those birds which dive in the sea []
  • 79 CE, Pliny the Elder, Naturalis Historia, liber 28, cap. 45, para. 162:
    Papilio quoque lucernarum luminibus advolans inter mala medicamenta numeratur []
    The moth, also, flying to the flame of a lamp is numbered among the noxious substances []
  • 1698, Thomas Burnet, Thesaurus medicinae practicae, liber 5, p. 343:
    [] advolo ego citato equo []
    [] I fly towards him at full gallop []

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