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fascĭa (fa/scea ), ae, f. kindred with fascis,
I.a band, bandage, swathe, girth, fillet.
I. Prop. (to bind up diseased parts of the body; to wrap round the feet to prevent the boots from rubbing them; to bind under the breasts of women; a headband set with pearls, etc.; “syn.: redimiculum, vitta, infula, diadema): devinctus erat fasciis,Cic. Brut. 60, 217; Suet. Dom. 17; id. Galb. 21; Gell. 16, 3, 4; cf.: “fasciis crura vestiuntur,Quint. 11, 3, 144: cum vincirentur pedes fasciis, Cic. Fragm. ap. Non. 537, 5; id. Att. 2, 3, 1 (cf. with Val. Max. 6, 2, 7); Plin. 8, 57, 82, § 221; Dig. 34, 2, 25 (with pedules); Lampr. Alex. Sev. 40 al.: “carnem praependentem fascia substringere,Suet. Galb. 21: “brachio lanis fasciisque obvoluto,id. Dom. 17: “inflatum circa fascia pectus eat,Ov. A. A. 3, 274; Mart. 14, 134: “vides illum Scythiae regem, insigni capitis decorum? si vis illum aestimare, fasciam solve: multum mali sub illa latet,Sen. Ep. 80 fin.; so of a diadem, Suet. Caes. 79: “puero fasciis opus est, cunis, incunabulis,” i. e. swaddling-cloths, Plaut. Truc. 5, 13: “somniasse se, ovum pendere ex fascia lecti sui cubicularis,a bed-girth, Cic. Div. 2, 65, 134; Mart. 5, 62, 5; 14, 159: “uvas sole siccatas junci fasciis involvit,bands of rushes, mats, Plin. 15, 17, 18, § 66: nitor, qualem Bruttia praestabat calidi tibi fascia visci, plaster, Juv. 9, 14.— Prov.: non es nostrae fasciae, i. e. of our rank or condition, Petr. 46.—
II. Transf. *
A. The casing of a door, Varr. ap. Non. 451, 20; and 86, 10.—*
B. In archit., a wreath round a pillar, a listel, Vitr. 3, 3 med.—*
C. A streak of cloud in the sky: “nil color hic caeli, nil fascia nigra minatur,Juv. 14, 294.—*
D. A zone of the earth: “orbi terrae in quinque zonas, sive melius fascias dico, discernitur,Mart. Cap. 6, §§ 602, 607.
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