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frondator, ‘stripper.’ We have properly no corresponding term; ‘vine-dresser’ will not do, because his operations were not confined to clearing the vine itself and the trees in the arbustum on which it was trained, of superfluous leaves, so as to expose the grapes to the sun. The trees generally were stripped, as Keightley says is still the practice in Italy, to provide fodder in summer and autumn when pasturage was scarce. Pliny says that the frondator was required to fill four baskets a day. See Keightley on Ecl.I. 57, Ellis on Cat. LXIV. 41.
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