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nūtrĭo , īvi and ii, ītum (contr. form, nutrīmus for nutrivimus, Nemes. Ecl. 3, 26:
I.nutribat for nutriebat,Verg. A. 11, 572; Sil. 16, 29; so, “nutribant,Verg. A. 7, 485: nutribo for nutriam, Rhemn. Palaem. 1383; Cledon. 1914.—In the dep. form, nutritor for nutrito, Verg. G. 2, 425; cf. Prisc. p. 798 P.), 4, v. a. Sanscr. root snu-, flow; Gr. νέω (σνεϝω), swim; cf. nurus, to suckle, nourish, feed, foster, bring up, rear (syn. alere; not in Cic., but v. nutrix and nutrimentum).
B. Transf., to nourish, support, maintain, foster.—Of plants: “terra herbas Nutrit,Ov. R. Am. 45: “myrtos roscido umore nutrire,Cat. 61, 25: “nutriri cinere vult ruta,Plin. 19, 8, 45, § 156: “fruges humo nutriente,Curt. 8, 10, 8; Petr. 120: “Pax Cererem nutrit,Ov. F. 1, 704.— Poet.: “Edonis nutritum missile ventis,a shaft taken from a tree toughened by storms, Val. Fl. 6, 340.—
2. To nourish, nurse, take care of, attend to the body: “cura corporum nutriendorum,Liv. 4, 52: “aegrum nutrire per eos cibos, quos, etc.,Cels. 3, 23: “vires,id. ib.: “ulcus,to heal, id. 5, 26: “damnum naturae in filio,Liv. 7, 4: “morbos,Cels. 6, 6: “capillum,Plin. 22, 22, 39, § 82: comam, Hier. in Amos, 8, 9 sq.; Vulg. 1 Cor. 11, 14 sq.: “cutem, mulierum in facie incorruptam,Plin. 21, 21, 91, § 159.—
3. Nutrire vinum, to mix wine with spices, in order that it may keep, Col. 12, 30, 1: “nutritum vinum,id. 12, 21, 3.—
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