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261. Some verbs of the Third Conjugation in -, -uere, are formed from noun-stems in u- and have lost a consonant i:—
  1. statuō (for † statu- ), -ere, to set up, from status, position.
  2. metuō , -ere, to fear, from metus, fear.
  3. acuō , -ere, to sharpen, from acus, needle.
  4. arguō , -ere, to clear up, from inherited stem †argu-, bright (cf. ἄργυρος).

Note.--Many verbs in u are inherited, being formed from roots in u: as, fluō , fluere, flow; so-lvō (for †sē-luō, cf. λύω), solvere, dissolve. Some roots have a parasitic u: as, loquor , locūtus, speak.

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