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vītis , is, f. root in Sanscr. vjā, to cover; cf. Goth. vindan; Germ. winden, to bind; Lat. vieo; cf.: vitta, vitex,
I.a vine, grapevine.
II. Transf.
A. A vine-branch, Cato, R. R. 41; Varr. R. R. 1, 31, 3; 1, 8, 2; Ov. M. 6, 592 al.
2. A centurion's staff, made of a vine-branch, Plin. 14, 1, 3, § 19; Liv. Epit. 57; Tac. A. 1, 23; Ov. A. A. 3, 527; Luc. 6, 146; Juv. 8, 247.— Hence,
b. By a second transf., the office of a centurion, centurionship, Juv 14, 193; Sil. 12, 395; 12, 465; 6, 43; Spart. Hadr. 10 med.
B. For vinea, a military penthouse, mantlet, Lucil. ap. Fest. s. v. sub, p. 311 Müll. —
C. A vine in gen., of the pumpkin, cucumber, Pall. 4, 9, 9; 4, 10, 15; Mart. 8, 51, 12.—
D. Vitis nigra, black bryony, Plin. 23, 1, 17, § 27.—
E. Vitis alba, the plant called also ampeloleuce, Plin. 23, 1, 16, § 21; Col. 10, 347.
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