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vŏmĭca (
I.o scanned long, Ser. Samm. 40, 743), ae, f. vomo, a sore, boil, ulcer, imposthume, abscess, encysted tumor.
II. Transf., of stones, a bunch or knob filled with fluid, Plin. 33, 6, 32, § 99; 37, 2, 10, § 28.—
III. Trop., an evil, annoyance, grief, plague, curse (very rare. and censured as low by Quint.; v. the foll.): hostis, Romani, si expellere vultis, vomica quae gentium venit longe, Apollini vovendos censeo ludos, qui, etc., an old prophecy ap. Liv. 25, 12, 9; and Macr. S. 1, 17: “sunt quaedam et humiles translationes et sordidae: non enim si Cicero recte Sentinam reipublicae dixit, foeditatem hominum significans, idcirco probem illud quoque veteris oratoris, Persecuisti reipublicae vomicas,Quint. 8, 6, 15: “(Augustus) Agrippam nepotem et Julias, filiam et neptem, omnibus probris contaminatas appellare solebat tres vomicas aut tria carcinomata sua,Suet. Aug. 65.
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