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pugna , ae, f. root pug, in pugno and pungo; cf. pugil, prop.
I.a fight fist to fist, man to man; hence, in gen., a fight between individuals or armies, a battle, combat, action, engagement (cf.: dimicatio, proelium).
II. Transf.
A. Troops drawn up for battle, a line of battle (rare): “ordinata per principes hastatosque ac triarios pugna,Liv. 22, 5: “mediam pugnam tueri,the middle line, central division, id. 22, 45; cf.: “segregat pugnam eorum,id. 1, 25: “pugnam mutare,Curt. 3, 2, 14.—
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