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CERVI

CERVI so called from their resemblance to the horns of a stag (Varr. L. L. 5.117), were branches of trees interlaced with their points projecting, used in war as palisading or chevaux-de-frise, in front of or upon earthworks or fortifications (Caes. Gal. 7.72; Liv. 44.11, 4; Serv. ad Verg. Ecl. 2.29 ; Tib. 4.1, 84), and sometimes, where there were no fortifications, stuck simply in the level ground (Sil. It. 10.413, 414).

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