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ăcūlĕus , i, m. acc. to Prisc. 618 P. dim. from 1. acus, with the gender changed, like diecula fr. dies, cf. Val. Prob. 1463 P.,
I.a sting.
I. Lit.
B. Of plants, a spine or prickle: “spinarum,Plin. 13, 9, 19: “carduorum,id. 20, 23, 99.—
C. Of an arrow or dart, the point, Liv. 38, 21, 11.—
II. Fig., a sting.
A. Of a sharp, cutting remark: “pungunt quasi aculeis interrogatiunculis,Cic. Fin. 4, 3; so id. Ac. 2, 31; id. Planc. 24 al.; Liv. 23, 42, 5.—
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