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tābēs is, f

1 TA-, a wasting, melting away, dwindling, gradual decline, decay : aegritudo habet tabem: cadavera tabes absumebat, L.Marasmus, consumption, plague, pestilence, wasting fever : tanta vis avaritiae, velut tabes, invaserat, etc., S.: id (aes alienum) postremo velut tabem pervenisse ad corpus, L.; cf. fori, Ta.The moisture of decay, slime, corruption : liquentis nivis, L.: Tinctaque mortiferā tabe sagitta madet, poison , O.—Fig., consumption, decay, playue : crescentis faenoris, L.: quos durus amor crudeli tabe peredit, V.: lenta, O.

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