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mappa , ae, f. Punic, Quint. 1, 5, 57,
I.a napkin, table-napkin; a towel.
II. Transf., a cloth with which the signal for starting was given to racers in the circus, a signalcloth: “mappam usitatum Circo nomen, Poeni sibi vindicant,Quint. 1, 5, 57: “mappa cretata,Mart. 12, 29, 9: “Megalesiacae spectacula mappae,Juv. 11, 191: “aliquo liberto mittente mappam, unde magistratus solent,Suet. Ner. 22.
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