I encountered the word "passit" in the following statement by Lucretius:

Accidere ex una flamma parva incendia passit.

I cannot find the word passit in dictionaries. What does it mean?

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This seems to be a misquotation (not least because it doesn't scan). The intended line is presumably De Rerum Natura 5.609: accidere ex una scintilla incendia passim, "[we see] fires happen everywhere from one small spark".

  • A Google search shows a surprising number of people misquoting this line. How on earth did that happen?
    – cmw
    Commented Jul 21, 2022 at 14:45

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