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esca , ae (
I.gen. sing. escas, Liv. Andron. ap. Prisc. p. 679 P.), f. for edca, v. esco, and edo; cf. Varr. L. L. 6, § 84 Müll., food, both of men and beasts (class.; cf.: victus, cibus, cibaria, alimenta, edulia, opsonium, pulmentum; epulae, daps, etc.).
I. In gen.
II. In partic., bait for catching animals.
1. Lit., Plaut. As. 1, 3, 68; Mart. 4, 56; Petr. 3 fin.
2. Trop.: “divine Plato escam malorum appellat voluptatem,Cic. de Sen. 13, 44.
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