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per-tergĕo , tersi, tersum, 2, and per-tergo , ĕre, v. a., wipe off, wipe dry.
II. Transf., to rub or touch against gently: “(aër) quasi perterget pupillas,Lucr. 4, 249; so, “lux oculos perterget,id. 4, 277 Lachm. N. cr.: “nostros oculos perterget longior aura,id. 4, 252.
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