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-mĕto , messŭi, messum, 3,
I.v. a., to mow, reap, cut off, gather, crop, harvest (class.). Usually of fruits: “tempora demetendis fructibus et percipiendis accommodata,Cic. de Sen. 19, 70; cf. id. N. D. 2, 62 fin.: hordeum, Cass. Hem. ap. Prisc. p. 903 P.: demesso frumento, * Caes. B. G. 4, 32, 4; so, “frumentum,Liv. 34, 26: “segetes,Tac. A. 14, 24; cf.: “Galli armati alienos agros demetunt,Cic. Rep. 3, 9, 15: “demessa est terra,Vulg. Apoc. 14. 16.—Less freq. (poet. or in post-Aug. prose) of other objects: “pollice florem,to pluck off, Verg. A. 11, 68: “favos,” i. e. to cut out, take out, Col. 9, 15, 12: “testes caudamque adultero (ferrum),Hor. S. 1, 2, 46; cf.: “huic ense caput,to behead, Ov. M. 5, 104; and absol.: “acies ferro demetit,Sil. 16, 102.
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