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tĕgo , xi, ctum, 3, v. a. Gr. στέγω, to cover; τέγος, στέγος, roof; Sanscr. sthag-, to hide; Germ. decken; Engl thatch,
I.to cover (syn. operio).
I. Lit.
A. In gen.: “amica corpus ejus (Alcibiadis) texit suo pallio,Cic. Div 2, 69, 143: “capite se totum tegit,Plaut. Trin. 4, 2, 9: “(tegillo) tectus esse soleo, si pluvit,id. Rud. 2, 7, 19: fere res omnes aut corio sunt Aut etiam conchis aut callo aut cortice tectae, covered, clothed, Lucr. 4, 936; cf.: “bestiae aliae coriis tectae sunt, aliae villis vestitae,Cic. N. D. 2, 47, 121: “ut tecti, ut vestiti, ut salvi esse possemus,id. ib. 2, 69, 150: “corpora veste villosā,Tib. 2, 3, 76: “caput galea,Prop. 4 (5), 3, 44.Mars tunicā adamantinā tectus,Hor. C. 1, 6, 13: “ensis Vaginā tectus,id. S. 2, 1, 4. —In Greek constr.: “primā tectus lanugine malas,Ov. M. 12, 291: “cucullo caput tectus,Mart. 5, 14, 6: “quae (casae) more Gallorum stramentis erant tectae,Caes. B. G. 5, 43: “tectas casas testudinum superficie,Plin. 6, 24, 28, § 109: “musculum,Caes. B. C. 2, 10: “domum,Dig. 19, 1, 18: naves tectae, covered with decks, decked ( = constratae), Caes. B. C. 1, 56; Liv. 36, 43, 13 (opp. apertae); “31, 46, 6: tectae instrataeque scaphae,Caes. B. C. 3, 100: “incepto tegeret cum lumina somno,Verg. G. 4, 414: “utne tegam spurco Damae latus?” i. e. to go by the side of, walk cheek by jowl with, Hor. S. 2, 5, 18; so, “latus alicui,Suet. Claud. 24; cf. aliquem, to surround, attend, accompany: “omnis eum stipata tegebat Turba ducum,Verg. A. 11, 12; Stat. S. 5, 1, 26: sarta tecta; v. sartus. —
B. In partic.
2. To shelter, protect, defend (rare in lit. sense); constr., in analogy with defendere and tueri, aliquid ab aliquo or ab aliquā re: “qui portus ab Africo tegebatur, ab Austro non erat tutus,Caes. B. C. 3, 26: “ut alter (ordo propugnatorum) ponte ab incidentibus telis tegeretur,Hirt. B. G. 8, 9: “aliquem conservare et tegere,id. ib. 1, 85: “tempestas et nostros texit et naves Rhodias afflixit,Caes. B. C. 3, 27; Hirt. B. G. 8, 5; Sall. J. 101, 4: “triumpho, si licet me latere tecto abscedere,” i. e. with a whole skin, safe, unhurt, Ter. Heaut. 4, 2, 5.—Pass. in mid. force: “tegi magis Romani quam pugnare,Liv. 4, 37, 11.—
3. To cover over, bury, enclose (poet.): “te modo terra tegat,Prop. 2, 26, 44 (3, 22, 24): “sit tibi terra levis mollique tegaris harenā,Mart. 9, 29, 11: “ossa tegebat humus,Ov. M. 15, 56: “ossa tegit tumulus,id. Am. 2, 6, 59: “Sicanio tegitur sepulcro,Luc. 2, 548. —
II. Trop.
A. In gen., to cover (very rare): “tempestas, mihi quae modestiam omnem, Detexit tectus quā fui,Plaut. Most. 1, 3, 7. —
B. In partic.
A. Lit.: “cuniculi,Hirt. B. G. 8, 41. —
B. Trop., hidden, not frank, open, or plain; secret, concealed, disguised; close, reserved, cautious: “sermo verbis tectus,covered, enveloped, Cic. Fam. 9, 22, 1; cf. “verba (opp. apertissima),id. ib. 9, 22, 5: “occultior atque tectior cupiditas,id. Rosc. Am. 36, 104: “amor,Ov. R. Am. 619. — “Of persons: occultus et tectus,Cic. Fin. 2, 17, 54: “tecti esse ad alienos possumus,id. Rosc. Am. 40, 116; cf. in comp.: “tectior,id. Phil. 13, 3, 6: “te in dicendo mihi videri tectissimum,id. de Or. 2, 73, 296: “silet ille, tectusque recusat Prodere quemquam,Verg. A. 2, 126; cf.: “quis consideratior illo? Quis tectior?Cic. Deiot. 6, 16. — Hence, adv.: tectō , covertly, privily, cautiously: “et tamen ab illo aperte, tecte quicquid est datum, libenter accepi,Cic. Att. 1, 14, 4. — Comp.: “tectius,Cic. Fam. 9, 22, 2; id. Planc. 10, 8, 5; Ov. A. A. 1, 276.
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