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membrāna , ae, f. membrum,
I.the skin or membrane that covers parts of the body (class.).
B. Esp., the skin or slough of snakes, Ov. M. 7, 272; Luc. 6, 679.—
II. Transf.
B. A skin prepared for writing, etc., parchment, Quint. 10, 3, 31: “Homeri carmen in Membrana scriptum,Plin. 7, 21, 21, § 85: sic raro scribis, ut toto non quater anno Membranam poscas, Hor. S. 2, 3, 2: “Parrhasiae, for drawing,Plin. 35, 10, 36, § 68: “croceae membrana tabellae,Juv. 7, 23: “quod in chartulis sive membranis meis aliquis scripserit, meum est,Gai. Inst. 2, 77.—
C. The surface, outside of a thing (poet.): “coloris,Lucr. 4, 95.—Trop.: “scies, sub ista tenui membrana dignitatis quantum mali jaceat,Sen. Ep. 115, 9.
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