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lacto , āvi, ātum (used almost exclusively in the
I.part. pres.), 1, v. a. and n. lac.
I. To contain milk, to have milk, to give suck: “ubera lactantia,Ov. M. 6, 342; 7, 321; Lucr. 5, 885: “ubera quae non lactaverunt,Vulg. Luc. 23, 29: quaecunque (femina) id temporis lactans est, Gell. 12, 1, 17.—
II. To suck milk, to take the breast, to suck: puer lactans, Liv. Andron. ap. Non. 153, 26 (Trag. Rel. v. 38 Rib.); cf.: “infans lactavit,Aus. Epit. 32: anni lactantes, the suckling years (of a child), id. Idyll. 4, 67.—
III. To be full of milk, to be milky: “metae,cheeses, Mart. 1, 43, 7 (cf.: “meta lactis,id. 3, 58, 35).—Part. as subst.: lactantia , ium, n., milky food, Cels. 2, 28, 2 al.
IV. Act., to give suck to: “lactaverunt catulos suos,Vulg. Thren. 4, 2: “filium suum,id. 1 Reg. 1, 23.—Pass.: “lactare ut nutriaris,Aug. Enarr. in Psa. 130, 12: “mamilla regum lactaberis,Vulg. Isa. 60, 16.
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