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prō-serpo , ĕre, v. n., creep forwards or forth, to creep or crawl along (ante- and post-class.).
I. Lit.: “proserpens bestia,Plaut. Poen. 5, 2, 74; cf. id. As. 3, 3, 105; id. Pers. 4, 28; Varr. L. L. 5, § 68 Müll.: “servulus proserpit leniter,App. M. 4, p. 151, 13: “de specu funesta proserpit ursa,id. ib. 7, p. 198, 25.—Transf., of plants, to come forth imperceptibly: “sata in lucem proserpunt,Arn. 3, 119.—
II. Trop., to move on imperceptibly, to glide or steal along (postclass.): “proserpit ad intima vulnus,Ser. Samm. 14, 251: “malo proserpenti occurrere,Amm. 15, 8, 7.
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