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festūca , ae, f.,
I.a stalk, stem, straw.
I. Lit.
B. A rod with which slaves were touched in the ceremony of manumission: “qui vindicabat festucam tenebat ... et homini imponebat,Gai. Inst. 4, 16; cf.: “vindicta, A.: quid? ea ingenuan' an festuca facta e serva libera'st?Plaut. Mil. 4, 1, 15; id. Pers. 5, 175.—
II. Transf., a straw-like weed which grows among barley, also called aegilops, Plin. 18, 17, 44, § 155.—
B. A trifle, particle, mote: “in oculo fratris,Vulg. Matt. 7, 3; id. Luc. 6, 41.
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