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nŏverca , ae, f. for noverica, qs. νεαρική, the new one,
I.a step-mother, step-dame.
B. Trop.: “rerum ipsa natura in eo ... non parens sed noverca fuerit, si, etc.,Quint. 12, 1, 2: “quorum noverca est Italia,” i. e. who are not natives of Italy, Vell. 2, 4, 4; so, viles operae, quorum est mea Roma noverca, Petr. poët. Sat. 122, 166.—
II. Transf.: nŏvercae , ārum, f.
1. Ditches which drain off the waler imperfectly and slowly, Agrim. ap. Goes. 119; 142; 143 al.—
2. A rough piece of land (so called in allusion to the iniquitas novercae), Hyg. Mun. Castr. § 57 Lange.
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