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āresco , ĕre,
I.v. n. inch. [areo], to become dry.
II. Trop., to languish.
A. Of plants, to dry up, wither: nullo modo facilius arbitror posse herbas arescere et interfici, to dry up, Cic. Oecon. ap. Non. p. 450, 1; so Plin. 8, 38, 57, § 137: “truncus (arboris),Tac. A. 13, 58: “vitis,Vulg. Ezech. 17, 9; 17, 10: “palmes,ib. Joan. 15, 6: manus (branch), ib. Job, 15, 32.—
B. Of persons (eccl. Lat.), to pine away in sickness: “(filius meus) stridet dentibus et arescit,Vulg. Marc. 9, 17.—So, to sink, be overcome, with fear: “arescentibus hominibus prae timore,Luc. 21, 26.
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