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ex-sculpo (exculp- ), psi, ptum, 3, v. a.
I. To dig out, cut out, chisel out, carve.
A. Lit.: “terram unde exsculpserant, fossam vocabant,Varr. L. L. 5, § 143 Müll.: foramina arborum exsculpta digitos sex. Cato, R. R. 18, 2: “nescio quid e quercu exsculpseram, quod videretur simile simulacri,Cic. Att. 13, 28, 2: “signum ex molari lapide,Quint. 2, 19, 3; cf. id. 2, 4, 7.—
2. Transf., prov.: leoni esurienti ex ore exsculpere praedam, said of any thing exceedingly difficult or daring, Lucil. ap. Non. 102, 22. —
B. Trop., to get out, elicit, extort: “ex aliquo verum,Ter. Eun. 4, 4, 45: “in quaestione vix exsculpsi, ut diceret,obtained, Plaut. Cist. 2, 2, 6.—*
II. To scratch out, erase: “hos versus Lacedaemonii exsculpserunt,Nep. Paus. 1, 4.
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