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ef-fingo , finxi, fictum, 3, v. a., orig., to work out by pressing = fingendo exprimere, ἐκμάσσειν (v. fingo).—Hence,
I. To form, fashion (artistically—class.; most freq. in the trop. sense; cf.: formo, informo, conformo, fingo, reddo, instituo, etc.).
II. To wipe clean, wipe out (only in the foll. passages): “fiscinas spongia effingat,Cato R. R. 67, 2 (for which: fiscinas spongia tergendas, Plin. 15, 6, 6, § 22): “spongiis sanguinem,Cic. Sest. 35 fin., v. Halm ad h. l.—
III. To rub gently, stroke: “manus,Albin. Cons. ad Liv. 138; Ov. H. 20, 134 (for which: manus fingere, id. F. 5, 409).
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