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truncus , i, m.,
I.the stem, stock, bole, or trunk of a tree (without regard to its branches).
B. Transf.
2. Of a column.
(α). The shaft, Vitr. 4, 1 med.
(β). The cubical trunk of a pedestal, the die or dado, Vitr. 3, 3; cf. Plin. 16, 40, 76, § 201.—
3. A piece cut off, as a branch of a tree for an our: “frondentes,Val. Fl. 8, 287; “a piece of flesh for smoking (cf. trunculus),Verg. M. 57.—
4. Like caudex, stipes, and the Engl. stock, for blockhead, dunce, dolt: “quī potest esse in ejusmodi trunco sapientia?Cic. N. D. 1, 30, 84: “tamquam truncus atque stipes,id. Pis. 9, 19. —*
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