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sulcus , i, m. Gr. ὁλκός, from ἕλκω,
I.a furrow made by the plough (cf.: lira, porca): sulci appellantur, quā aratrum ducitur, vel sationis faciendae causā vel urbis condendae, vel fossura rectis lateribus, ubi arbores serantur: quod vocabulum quidam ex Graeco fictum, quia illi dicant ὁλκόν, Fest. p. 302 Müll.: quā aratrum vomere lacunam striam facit, sulcus vocatur: quod est inter duos sulcos elata terra, dicitur porca, Varr. R. R. 1, 29, 3: “sulco vario ne ares,Cato, R. R. 61, 1: “cum sulcus altius esset impressus,Cic. Div. 2, 23, 50: “ducere ... infodere sulcum,Col. 2, 2, 27; Juv. 7, 48: “duci sarculo sulcum,Plin. 18, 33, 76, § 327: “proscindere jugerum sulco,id. 18, 19, 49, § 178: “sulco tenui arare,id. 18, 18, 47, § 170: “sulcum patefacere aratro,Ov. M. 3, 104: “sulcis committere semina,Verg. G. 1, 223: “mandare hordea sulcis,id. E. 5, 36: “telluri infindere sulcos,id. ib. 4, 33: “semina longis Cerealia sulcis Obruere,Ov. M. 1, 123: “herba Cerealibus obruta sulcis,id. Tr. 3, 12, 11.—
II. Transf. (mostly poet. and in post-Aug. prose).
B. Of things resembling a furrow.
1. A long, narrow trench, a ditch, Cato, R. R. 33, 4; 43, 1; Col. 2, 8, 3; Plin. 19, 4, 20, § 60; Verg. G. 2, 24; 2, 289; id. A. 1, 425 et saep.—
2. A rut, track, in gen.: “cursu rotarum saucia clarescunt nubila sulco, Claud. Cons. Prob. et Olymp. 102.—Esp., of the furrow cut by a vessel: infindunt sulcos,Verg. A. 5, 142: “delere sulcos,Stat. Th. 6, 415: “canebant aequora sulco,Val. Fl. 3, 32.—Of a wrinkle of the skin, Mart. 3, 72, 4: “genarum,Claud. in Eutr. 1, 110.—Of the trail of a meteor, Verg. A. 2, 697; Luc. 5, 562.—Of wounds: “in pectore,Claud. Rapt. Prov. 3, 425.—Of the private parts of a woman, Lucr. 4, 1272; Verg. G. 3, 136; App. Ἀνεχ. 16.
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