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-lībo , āvi, ātum, 1,
I.v. a., to take off, take away a little from any thing; of food, to taste (class.).
I. Lit.: “parvam delibet ab aequore partem,Lucr. 6, 622: “aliquid membrorum,Varr. R. R. 2, 2, 16: “truncum,Col. 2, 2, 26: “paululum carnis,Petr. 136, 1; cf. cenas (opp. edere), Favor. ap. Gell. 15, 8 fin.
II. Trop.
A. To take, enjoy, pluck, gather: flos delibatus populi Suadaeque medulla, the picked flower of the people, Enn. ap. Cic. Brut. 15, 58: “ut omni ex genere orationem aucuper et omnes undique flosculos carpam atque delibem,cull, Cic. Sest. 56: “ex universa mente divina delibatos animos habere,id. de Sen. 21, 78: “novum honorem,to taste, enjoy, Liv. 5, 12; cf.: “honores parcissime,Plin. Pan. 54, 3: oscula, Verg. A. 12, 434; Phaedr. 4, 24, 8: “artes,Ov. F. 1, 169: “omnia narratione,to touch upon, Quint. 4, 2, 55; cf. Plin. Pan. 38; Suet. Aug. 94: delibor, I am ripe for plucking, i. e. about to die, Vulg. 2 Tim. 4, 6. —
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