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fĭdĭcŭlae , ārum, and rarely fidicula , ae (syncop. fidicla, Prud. στεφ. 10, 481; 550), f. dim. 2. fides,
I.a small stringed instrument, a small lute or cithern.
I. Lit.
B. Esp., Fidicula, a constellation, i. q. Fides or Lyra, the Lyre, Col. 11, 2, 37; Plin. 18, 26, 59, § 222.—
II. Transf., a cord, line, a sort of instrument of torture (postAug.): apparatus illi reddendus est suus eculei et fidiculae et ergastula et cruces, Sen. de Ira, 3, 3; Suet. Tib. 62; id. Calig. 33; Cod. Th. 9, 35, 1.
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