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fermentum , i, n. contr. for fervimentum, from fervo, ferveo,
I.that which causes fermentation, leaven, yeast, ferment.
I. Lit., Plin. 18, 11, 26, § 102; 18, 7, 12, § 68: “panis sine fermento,unleavened bread, Cels. 2, 24; 30; Vulg. Levit. 2, 4.—
B. Transf.
1. That which loosens the soil, Plin. 17, 21, 35, § 159; cf. Col. 4, 1, 7.—
2. A drink made of fermented barley, malt liquor, beer, Verg. G. 3, 380.—
II. Trop., anger, passion (poet. and very rare): “(uxor) nunc in fermento tota est, ita turget mihi,Plaut. Cas. 2, 5, 17; id. Merc. 5, 3, 3.—Poet. transf., of the cause of anger or vexation: “accipe et istud Fermentum tibi habe,Juv. 3, 188.
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