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trĭbŭlus (trĭbŏl- ), i, m., = τρίβολος, instrument resting on three of its iron prongs, while a fourth projected upward, thrown on the ground to impede an enemy's cavalry, a caltrop.
I. Lit.: “tribulos abjecerunt,Veg. Mil. 3, 24.—
II. Transf., from its resemblance in form.
A. A kind of thorn or thistle, land-caltrops: Tribulus terrestris, Linn.; Verg. G. 1, 153; Ov. M. 13, 803; Plin. 21, 15, 54, § 91: “spinae et tribuli,Vulg. Gen. 3, 18.—
B. A kind of water-plant bearing a prickly nut of a triangular form, water - chestnut, water - caltrops: Trapa natans, Linn.; Plin. 21, 16, 58, § 98.
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  • Cross-references in general dictionaries from this page (5):
    • Ovid, Metamorphoses, 13.803
    • Vergil, Georgics, 1.153
    • Old Testament, Genesis, 3.18
    • Pliny the Elder, Naturalis Historia, 21.91
    • Pliny the Elder, Naturalis Historia, 21.98
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