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sēmĭta , ae,f.se-(=sed-), i.e. aside; and root mi-, to go; cf.: meo, trames,
I.a narrow way, a path, foot - path, lane, by - way, etc. (opp. via, a highway; cf.: callis, trames): quā ibant, ab itu iter appellarunt; “quā id anguste, semita ut semiter, dictum,Varr. L. L. 5, § 35 Müll.
I. Lit. (freq. and class.): “angustissimae semitae,Cic. Agr. 2, 35, 96; cf. Mart. 7, 61, 4: “aut viam aut semitam monstrare,Plaut. Rud. 1, 3, 30: “decedam ego illi de viā, de semitā,id. Trin. 2, 4, 80; cf. id. Curc. 2, 3, 8; Sen. Ep. 64, 10: “scabras lutosasque semitas spectant, id. Ira, 3, 35, 5: omnibus viis notis semitisque essedarios ex silvis emittebat,Caes. B. G. 5, 19; so (opp. via) id. ib. 7, 8; Liv. 44, 43: “semita angusta et ardua,id. 9, 24: “ut Oresti nuper prandia in semitis decumae nomine magno honori fuerunt,Cic. Off. 2, 17, 58; Suet. Ner. 48; Enn. ap. Cic. Div. 1, 20, 40 (Ann. v. 44 Vahl.): “rara per occultos lucebat semita calles,Verg. A. 9, 383: “quā jacet Herculeis semita litoribus,the narrow way, Prop. 1, 11, 2 et saep.—In mal. part., Plaut. Curc. 1, 1, 36; cf. “vulgi,Prop. 2, 23 (3, 17), 1.—Prov.: qui sibi semitam non sapiunt, alteri monstrant viam, Enn. ap. Cic. Div. 1, 58, 132 (Trag. v. 358 Vahl.): “de viā in semitam degredi,Plaut. Cas. 3, 5, 40.—
B. Transf., of other ways or paths (poet. and in post-Aug. prose): “formicae praedam Convectant calle angusto ... opere omnis semita fervet,Verg. A. 4, 407; “so of the same,Plin. 11, 30, 36, § 110: “Phryxi quā semita jungi Europamque Asiamque vetat,Stat. Achill. 1, 409: “spumea semita fugientis clavi,Val. Fl. 4, 420: “velox Lunae pigraque Saturni,Claud. Laud. Stil. 2, 438: “umida Iridis,id. Rapt. Pros. 2, 99: “aratri, id. de Apono, 25: arteriae, id est spiritus semitae,Plin. 11, 37, 89, § 219.—
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