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hăbēna , ae, f. habeo; lit., that by which a thing is held; hence, in partic.,
I.a thong, strap.
B. Esp., a rein (usually in plur.; cf.: “lorum, corrigia): exhortatur equos, quorum per colla jubasque Excutit habenas,Ov. M. 5, 404; cf.: “omnes effundit habenas,Verg. A. 5, 818; “so of the reins,id. ib. 10, 576; 11, 600; 670; “765 et saep.: quam potuit effusissimis habenis, stationem hostium invadit,Liv. 37, 20, 10.—Poet.: “pedes aequat habenas,the riders, Val. Fl. 6, 95.—
II. Transf.
A. A small strip of diseased flesh cut out from the body: “tenuis excidenda habena est,Cels. 7, 17 fin.; cf.: habenula.—Far more freq.,
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