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mallĕus , i, m.,
I.a hammer, mallet, maul.
I. Lit.: “(navis) excussa malleo,Plaut. Men. 2, 3, 52: “malleorum rostra,Plin. 34, 14, 41, § 144: “stuparius,a swingle-staff, id. 19, 1, 3, § 17.—Of the maul or axe for felling animals to be sacrificed: “tempora discussit claro cava malleus ictu,Ov. M. 2, 624: “elato alte malleo, cultrarium mactavit,Suet. Calig. 32.—Prov.: “malleum sapientiorem vidi excusso manubrio,the hammer wiser than the handle, Plaut. Ep. 3, 4, 87.—
II. Transf., a disease among animals: “sunt species mallei septem,Veg. Vet. 1, 2, 1; 1, 10, 1.
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