I.a stroke or blow upon the cheek with the open hand, a box on the ear: “ducere gravem alapam alicui,” to give, Phaedr. 5, 3: “ministri eum alipis caedebant,” Vulg. Marc. 14, 65; ib. Joan. 18, 22; 19, 3; esp. among actors, for the purpose of exciting a laugh among their auditors, * Juv. 8, 192; * Mart. 5, 61, 11.—When a slave was emancipated, his master gave him an alapa; hence, poet.: “multo majoris alapae mecum veneunt,” i. e. with me freedom is much more dearly purchased, Phaedr. 2, 5, 25.
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a-spŭo - assĕvērātĭo
ălăpa , ae, f. akin to -cello, to smite, as if calapa; cf. κόλαφος,