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mĕl , mellis (
I.abl. sing. melli, Plaut. Truc. 2, 4, 20.—Gen. and dat. plur. obsol. acc. to Prisc. p. 744 P.), n. Gr. μέλι, honey; μέλισσα, bee; cf. mulsus, honey.
II. Trop., honey for sweetness, pleasantness: “poëtica mella,Hor. Ep. 1, 19, 44: “hoc juvat et melli est,is pleasant, id. S. 2, 6, 32.—Of sweetness, pleasantness of speech: “Nestoreum mel, Auct. Pan. ad Pison. 64: Homerici senis mella,Plin. Ep. 4, 3, 3.— “Prov.: quia te tango, mel mihi videor lingere,it seems to me as sweet as honey, Plaut. Cas. 2, 8, 21: “mella petere in medio flumine,of a vain search, Ov. A. A. 1, 748. —As a term of endearment, darling, sweet, honey: “meum mel, meum cor,Plaut. Poen. 1, 2, 157; 173; id. Curc. 1, 3, 8; id. Trin. 2, 1, 18: Sempronium, mel ac delicias tuas, Cael. ap. Cic. Fam. 8, 8, 1.
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