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vim meri, ‘the strength of wine’ (as in Ibis, 486, quoted 252 n.), ‘strong wine.’ For vis in this sense of ‘potency’ cf. Ex Pont. IV. x. 46 (of the comparative freshness of the Black Sea), vimque fretum multo perdit ab amne suam.

lacte coagula passo, ‘milk that had known the rennet,’ i.e. had become curdled. Cf. XIII. 830, where liquefacta coagula seems to mean the same thing as Fast.IV. 545, liquefacta coagula lacte, curd in a liquid or partially creamy state. On Italian cheese-making, ancient and modern, see Keightley's Excursus on G. III. 400, with appendix, s.v. Caseus.

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