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ergastŭlum , i, n. ἐργάζομαι,
I.a workhouse for offenders (slaves, debtors, etc.), a house of correction, penitentiary.
II. Transf., in plur., ergastula , ōrum, n. (like stabula, servitia, mancipia, etc.), the inmates of a workhouse, penitentiary convicts, * Caes. B. C. 3, 22, 2; Brutus ap. Cic. Fam. 11, 13, 2; Plin. 18, 6, 7, § 36; Flor. 4, 8, 1; Juv. 14, 24 al.—In the masc. sing.: ergastŭlus =ergastularius, a foreman in a workhouse, Lucil. ap. Non. 447, 7 sq.
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