I. Lit., to furnish with a strap or thong; esp. of the javelin, to the middle of which a strap was fastened, so that it might be thrown with greater force (very rare; “only twice in Cic.): hastae amentatae,” Cic. Brut. 78, 271.—Trop., of discourse: “amentatae hastae (i. e. apta et parata argumenta),” Cic. de Or. 1, 57, 242 (so Juv. sagittae and jaculator, q. v.).—Hence,
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āmento , āvi, ātum, 1, v. a. amentum.