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^bra , ae, f. acc. to Doed. Syn. 3, p. 22, kindr. with filum (cf. the Eng. string in both senses),
I.a fibre, filament, in a plant, in a part of an animal's body, etc. (cf. nervus).
II. Transf., entrails in gen. (poet. and in post-Aug. prose): “tura focis, vinumque dedit fibrasque bidentis,Ov. F. 4, 935; cf.: “caesorumque boum fibris de more crematis,id. M. 13, 637: “Promethea,” i. e. the liver devoured by the vulture, Val. Fl. 7, 355; cf. Verg. A. 6, 600: conscia deorum (as giving prognostics; “v. above I.),Tib. 1, 8, 3; cf.: “sibi commissos fibra locuta deos,Prop. 4 (5), 1, 104.fibraeque repente Conticuere,Sil. 1, 138: “neque mihi cornea fibra est,” i. e. I am not so callous, insensible, Pers. 1, 47.—
2. Trop., like our word bowels, of the interior of the earth: “persequimur omnes ejus (terrae) fibras,Plin. 33 praef. § 1.
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