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anguilla , ae, f. dim. anguis, Varr. L. L. 5, § 77 Müll.; but it may be directly con. with Gr. ἔγχελυς; v. anguis, eel.
I. Lit.: Muraena anguilla, Linn.; Plin. 9, 21, 38, § 74 al.; Juv. 5, 103.—
II. Trop.: anguilla est, elabitur, he is an eel; he slips away, is a slippery fellow, prov. of a sly man, Plaut. Ps. 2, 4, 56.—
III. The hard skin of an eel, used as a whip in schools, Verr. ap. Plin. 9, 23, 39; Isid. Orig. 5, 27.
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