acolūthos u. -us, on u. um (ἀκόλουθος), I) nachfolgend; subst., acoluthus (acolythus, acolitus, acoletus), ī, m., ein Unterdiener od. Gehilfe des Priesters bei gewissen Feiergebräuchen der röm. Kirche, bes. am Altar, der Meßgehilfe, Mesner (nach Isid. 7, 12, 29 rein lat. ceroferarius), Augustin. ep. 191, 1. Corp. inscr. Lat. 9, 1394 (Genet. acoliti) u. 9, 1385 (acoletus). – II) aus etwas folgend, dah. übereinstimmend, metaphorae quaedam sunt communes, quae a Graecis acoluthoe appellantur, Diom. 457, 27. 1806–1895.

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