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ăd-ĕdo , ēdi, ēsum (less correctly, adessum), 3, v. a. (adest = adedit, Luc. 6, 265; cf. ĕdo), begin to eat, to bite, to nibble at, to gnaw, etc.—As verb finite very rare, and mostly poet.; not found in prose of Cic.
II. In an enlarged sense (as a consequence of a continued biting, gnawing, etc.; and hence only in the perf. or part. pass.; cf.: accīdo, absumo, abrumpo), to eat up, to consume entirely: frumento adeso, quod ex areis in oppidum portatum est, Sisenn. ap. Non. 70, 32; so, “extis adesis,Liv. 1, 7, 13; “pisces ex parte adesi,Quint. 6, 3, 90: and metaph., to use up, to consume, waste (as money, strength, etc.): “non adesa jam, sed abundante etiam pecunia,Cic. Quint. 12: “adesis fortunis omnibus,Tac. A. 13, 21: “bona adesa,id. H. 1, 4: “adesus cladibus Asdrubal,Sil. 13, 680.—Hence, ădēsus , a, um, P. a., eaten, gnawed; hence poet., worn away, esp. by water: “adesi lapides,smooth, polished, Hor. C. 3, 29, 36 (after Theocr. 22, 49; οὓς ποταμὸς περιέξεσε): “scopulus,Ov. H. 10, 26: sale durus adeso caseus, poet. for sale adesus caseus, Verg. Mor. 98.
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