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lănĭus , ĭi, m. 1. lanio,
I.a butcher (cf. macellarius): “lanii, qui concinnant liberis orbas ovīs,Plaut. Capt. 4, 2, 39; id. Ps. 1, 2, 63: “cetarii, lanii, coqui,Ter. Eun. 2, 2, 26; Plaut. Trin. 2, 4, 6; cf. Cic. Off. 1, 42, 150: “ab lanio cultro arrepto,Liv. 3, 48: “cum de laniis aut vinariis ageretur,Suet. Claud. 40 init.; Varr. R. R. 2, 5, 11; Phaedr. 3, 4, 1.— Transf., an executioner (ante-class. and very rare): “arcesse hostias, victimas, lanios,Plaut. Ps. 1, 3, 93 and 98.—Abusively, of a surgeon, Tert. de Anim. 10.
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