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aescŭlus (not esc- ), i, f. may be connected with edo = to eat, as fagus = beech, φηγός = oak, with φαγεῖν, but the diphthong presents a difficulty; v. Georg Curtius p. 187,
I.the tallest species of oak, the winter or Italian oak (with edible acorns), sacred to Jupiter, Verg. G. 2, 16; 291; “ef. Voss. ad h. l.: nec mollior aesculo,Hor. C. 3, 10, 17 al.
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