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fătisco , ĕre, v. n. (ante-class. in the
I.dep. form fătiscor , ci; v. the foll.) [cf. Gr. χάτις, χατιζω; Lat. fatigo, fessus, adfatim; for the f = χ, cf. Gr. χυ, χέω, χεύσω; Lat. fundo, fons], to open in chinks or clefts, to gape or crack open, to fall apart, tumble to pieces (poet. and in post-Aug. prose).
(β). In the dep. form: “non delubra deum simulacraque fessa fatisci?Lucr. 5, 308.—
II. Trop., to grow weak, become exhausted, to droop, faint, decrease (ante-class. in the dep. form): “solum segetibus fatiscit,Col. 2, 13, 3: “scrofa celerrime fatiscit, quae plures educat,id. 7, 9 fin.: “ipse exercitusque per inopiam et labores fatiscebant,Tac. A. 14, 24: scriptores dum copia fatiscunt, id. ib. 6, 7: “viri in segnitiem,Val. Fl. 3, 395: “manibusque nesciis fatiscere,Tac. A. 16, 5: “donec fatisceret seditio,id. H. 3, 10.— Poet., with inf.: “exsatiata fatiscet Mater Achilleis hiemes affringere bustis,Stat. S. 5, 1, 35.—
(β). In the dep. form: “aevo,Lucr. 3, 458: altera irā, altera vulneribus fatiscuntur, Varr. ap. Non. 479, 13; Pac. ib. 307, 12; Att. ib. 10 and 479, 10 and 14; Fronto, Princ. Hist. p. 318 ed. Mai.
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