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herctum or erctum , i, n. HORCTUM et FORCTUM pro bono dicebant, Paul. ex Fest. p. 102 Müll.; perh. kindr. with heres. In the old jurid. lang., inheritance, estate, patrimony; only in the connection herctum (erct-) ciere (whence is derived herciscere), to divide an inheritance: “qui, quibus verbum herctum cieri oporteat, nesciat,Cic. de Or. 1, 56, 237: “herctum non citum,an undivided inheritance, Gell. 1, 9, 12; cf. Don. ap. Serv. Verg. A. 8, 642: herctum citum fit inter consortes, Paul. ex Fest. p. 82 Müll.
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