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curtus , a, um, adj. root in Sanscr. kart, to cut; cf. Germ. kurz,
I.shortened, mutilated, broken, short (class.; most freq. in the poets).
I. Lit.: dolia, pots (chamber vessels), Lucr. 4, 1026; cf. “vasa,Juv. 3, 271: “pergula,Prop. 4 (5), 5, 70.testa,Mart. 3, 82, 3; cf. “testu,Ov. F. 2, 645 al.. calix, Mart. 1 92, 6, : “curtum temone jugum,Juv. 10, 135: “latus,Mart. 12, 32, 13: “Judaei,” i. e. circumcised, Hor. S. 1, 9, 70; cf. “equus,castrated, Prop. 4 (5), 1, 20. but curto mulo, with shortened tail ( = curtatā caudā), Hor. S. 1, 6, 104. —
II. Trop.: “res,Hor. C. 3, 24, 64 (cf. curto, II.): “centussis,a clipped piece, Pers. 5, 191: “sententia quasi curta,Cic. Fin. 4, 14, 36: “fides ingratae patriae,Juv. 14, 166 al.— Of defective, incomplete discourse, Cic. Or. 50, 168; 51, 173; Lact. 6, 15.
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