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mītesco (mitisco ), ĕre,
I.v. inch. n. [mitis], to become mild or mellow, to grow ripe (of fruits, to lose their roughness or harsh flavor; class.).
I. Lit.: nec grandiri frugum fetum posse nec mitescere, Pac. ap. Non. 343, 16 (Trag. Rel. v. 142 Rib.): uvae a sole mitescunt, Cic. Oecon. ap. Gell. 15, 5, 8: “mala,Plin. 15, 14, 15, § 51: “cornus, arbutus, prunus, piri,to grow mellow, ripe, Col. 7, 9: “sunt (herbae) quae mitescere flamma, Mollirique queant,Ov. M. 15, 78: “ervum,Plin. 22, 25, 73, § 153.—
B. Transf., in gen., to grow mild, soft; to grow gentle, tame: offirmatod animo mitescit metus, Pac. ap. Non. 406, 9 (Trag. Rel. v. 293 Rib.): nullum est ingenium tantum neque cor tam ferum, quod non ... mitiscat malo, Att. ap. Non. 473, 6 (Trag. Rel. v. 684 Rib.): caelum mitescere, arbores frondescere, Poët. ap. Cic. Tusc. 1, 28, 69: “hiems,Liv. 23, 19: “annus,Sil. 15, 505: “frigora,Hor. C. 4, 7, 9: “Alpium juga,Plin. 3, 25, 28, § 147: “ferae quaedam numquam mitescunt,Liv. 33, 45. —
II. Trop., to grow mild, gentle: “nemo adeo ferus est, ut non mitescere possit,Hor. Ep. 1, 1, 39.
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