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lactĕo , ēre (used almost exclusively in the
I.part. pres.), v. a. lac.
I. To suck milk, to be a suckling: “Romulus parvus atque lactens, uberibus lupinis inhians,Cic. Cat. 3, 8, 19; so, “lactens Juppiter puer,id. Div. 2, 41, 85: “vitulus,Ov. M. 2, 624; 10, 227: “lactens hostia,Cic. Leg. 2, 12, 29; also absol.: “lactentibus rem divinam facere,Liv. 37, 3.— Poet.: “viscera lactentia,” i. e. sucking children, sucklings, Ov. F. 6, 137.—Of the spring: “tener et lactens (sc. annus),Ov. M. 15, 201. —
II. To contain milk or sap, to be milky, sappy, juicy: “verno tempore, cum lactent novella virentia,Pall. 3, 26; cf.: “nam sata, vere novo, teneris lactentia sucis,Ov. F. 1, 351: “frumenta in viridi stipula lactentia turgent,Verg. G. 1, 315: “lactuca lactens,Plin. 20, 7, 26, § 67.—Subst.: lactentĭa , ium, n., milk-food, milk-dishes, Cels. 2, 28.
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