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caeco , āvi, ātum, 1, v. a. id.,
I.to make blind, to blind.
I. Lit.: “sol caecat,Lucr. 4, 325 (300); Paul. Nol. Carm. Nat. S. Fel. 20, 7; 20, 292: “unde caecatus est (Appius Claudius),Aur. Vict. Vir. Ill. 34, 3.—Hence, in gardening: “oculum,to destroy, Col. 4, 9, 2; 4, 24, 16; cf. caecus, I. C., and oculus.—
B. Trop.: “qui largitione caecarunt mentes imperitorum,Cic. Sest. 66, 139: “ut (animi acies) ne caecetur erroribus,id. Tusc. 5, 13, 39: “caecati libidinibus,id. ib. 1, 30, 72: “cupiditate,id. Dom. 23, 60: “caecata mens subito terrore,Liv. 44, 6, 17: “pectora... serie caecata laborum,Ov. P. 2, 7, 45: “caecabitur spes vindemiae,Pall. 1, 6, 11: “timidos artus,to make senseless, Verg. Cul. 198.—
II. Transf., to make dark, to obscure: “caecantur silvae,Avien. Per. 504.—
B. Trop., of discourse: “celeritate caecata oratio,rendered obscure, Cic. Brut. 76, 264.
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