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stĭmŭlus , i, m. for stig-mulus, from the root stig; Gr. στίζω; v. stilus.
I. A goad for driving cattle, slaves, etc. (class., esp. in the trop. sense).
B. Trop., a goad (as in Engl., either that which vexes, irritates, torments, or, more freq., that which spurs on, incites, stimulates).
II. In milit. lang., a pointed stake concealed beneath the surface of the ground, to repel hostile troops (syn.: “sudes, stipes),Caes. B. G. 7, 73 fin.: “se stimulis induere,id. ib. 7, 82.
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