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pĕcu (dat. pecui, Lucil. ap. Gell. infra; plur.: pecua, pecuda;
I.gen. pecuum, Cato ap. Gell. 7, 3, 37: “pecubus,Lucr. 6, 1132), n. v. pecus, cattle, esp. the larger kinds (mostly ante-class.): “pastor harum dormit, quom eunt sic a pecu palitantes,the flock, Plaut. Bacch. 5, 2, 5: “ne balant quidem, quom a pecu cetero apsunt,id. ib. 5, 2, 20: luna muribus fibras Et pecui addit, Lucil. ap. Gell. 20, 8, 4.—In plur.: pastores pecuaque salva servassis, an old formula of prayer in Cato, R. R. 141, 3: homines, pecua beluasque, Naev. ap. Non. 159, 6; so Att. ib. 9; Varr. R. R. 2, 1, 3; Liv. 35, 21, 6: “(asinus) non generatur in Ponto, nec aequinoctio verno, ut cetera pecua admittitur,Plin. 8, 43, 68, § 167: “pecua ruri pascere,Plaut. Merc. 3, 1, 11.—
II. Transf.
A. Plur.: pecua, the places where cattle are kept, pastures, etc.: “cum hostium copiae non longe absunt, pecua relinquuntur, agri cultura deseritur,Cic. Imp. Pomp. 6, 15 Halm ad loc.: “Italia contremuit, statim pecua agrique deserta,Claud. Mam. Or. 2, 10.—
B. Money (cf. pecunia): “pecua in cruminā defero,Plaut. Truc. 5, 64: pecuum, Cato ap. Paul. ex Fest. p. 246 Müll.: greges pecuum, Host. ap. Prisc. p. 719 P.—
C. Pecu squamosum, i. e. fish, Plaut. Rud. 4, 3, 5 (but in Lucr. 6, 1132, the correct read. is pigris balantibus; v. Lachm. ad h. l.).
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