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trĭ-dens , entis (abl. tridenti, Verg. A. 1, 145; 2, 418; Sil. 3, 53:
I.tridente,Ov. M. 1, 283; 6, 75; Plin. 9, 15, 20, § 51), adj. tres, having three teeth or tines, three-tined, threepronged, tridented, trident.
I. Adj.: “rostra,Verg. A. 5, 143: “aes,Val. Fl. 1, 688: “tridenti armatus ferro,Arn. 3, 31.—
II. Subst.: trĭdens , entis, m., a three-tined spear, a trident, used to spear large fish, Plin. 9, 30, 48, § 92; 9, 15, 20, § 51; 9, 29, 45, § 84.—As an attribute of Neptune, Verg. G. 1, 13; id. A. 2, 610; Prop. 2, 26 (3, 22), 48; Ov. M. 1, 283; 6, 75.—As a weapon of the net-fighters (retiarii), Juv. 8, 203.
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