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fētūra (foet- ), ae, f. 2. fetus,
I.a bringing forth, bearing or dropping of young, a breeding (rare but class.).
I. Lit.: “secunda pars est de fetura. Nunc appello feturam a conceptu ad partum ... Altera pars est in fetura, quae sint observanda, quod alia alio tempore parere soleat, etc.,Varr. R. R. 2, 1, 18 sq.: “humana pastorum,id. ib. 2, 10, 6: “aetas (bovis) feturae habilis,fit for breeding, Verg. G. 3, 62: “si fetura gregem suppleverit,id. E. 7, 36.—
B. Transf.
1. Concr., young, offspring, brood: alios dies ad ubertatem lactis feturaeque servanto, * Cic. Leg. 2, 8, 20: “minor,Ov. M. 13, 827: “optima gallinarum ante vernum aequinoctium,Plin. 10, 53, 74, § 150.—
2. Transf., of young vines: “ut omnis fetura sub eo exeat,Plin. 17, 22, 35, § 179.— *
II. Trop., the production of a literary work: libri nati apud me proximā feturā, Plin. H. N. praef. § 1.
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