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con-cresco , crēvi, crētum, 3 (
I.inf. perf. sync. concresse, Ov. M. 7, 416), v. n., to grow together; hence with the prevailing idea of uniting, and generally of soft or liquid substances which thicken; to harden, condense, curdle, stiffen, congeal, etc. (very freq., and class. in prose and poetry).
II. Meton.
B. (Con intens.) To grow strong, to rise by growing, etc. (so very rare): “(lana) quanto prolixior in pecore concrescit, tanto, etc.,Col. 7, 3, 10 (but in Lucr. 5, 833, the best reading is clarescit; v. Lachm.).—Hence, concrētus , a, um, P. a. (acc. to I.), grown together, concrete, compound, condensed, hardened, thick, hard, stiff, curdled, congealed, clotted, etc. (class.): “dubitare non possumus quin nihil sit animis admixtum, nihil concretum, nihil copulatum, nihil coagmentatum, nihil duplex,Cic. Tusc. 1, 29, 71; 1, 27, 66: “aër crassus et concretus,id. ib. 1, 18, 42; Lucr. 1, 1018; 5, 467 sq.: “aër (opp. fusus, extenuatus),Cic. N. D. 2, 39, 101; cf.: “pingue et concretum esse caelum,id. Div. 1, 57, 130: “umores (opp. acres),id. N. D. 2, 23, 59: “spuma,Ov. M. 4, 537: “lac,Verg. G. 3, 463: “in sanguine,Ov. M. 13, 492: “mare,Plin. 4, 16, 30, § 104: “nix concreta pruinā,Lucr. 3, 20: “concreta et durata glacies,Liv. 21, 36, 8; cf.: “concreta frigora canā pruinā,stiffened by the hoary frost, Verg. G. 2, 376: “gelu,Curt. 8, 4.—Poet., of light: cum claram speciem concreto lumine luna abdidit, thick, i. e. dimmed, Cic. poët. Div. 1, 11, 18: “nanus et ipse suos breviter concretus in artus,shortened, Prop. 4 (5), 8, 41.dolor,benumbing, tearless, Ov. P. 2, 11, 10.—Subst.: concrētum , i, n., firm or solid matter: “species quaedam deorum, quae nihil concreti habeat, nihil solidi,Cic. N. D. 1, 27, 75.—Esp. (sc. gelu), hard or stiff frost: “nec semine jacto Concretum patitur radicem adfigere terrae,Verg. G. 2, 318 Rib. Forbig.; cf. Hildebr. ad App. M. 1, p. 455. (By others concretum is made acc. of 2. concretus. The common reading is concretam, sc. gelu, the root stiffened by frost; cf. Forbig. ad loc.)—Comp.: “semen concretius,Lucr. 4, 1240: “spuma lactis concretior,Plin. 11, 41, 96, § 239: ossa concreta, t. t., solid bones, i. e. without marrow, id. 7, 18, 18, § 78.—Sup. and adv. not in use.
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