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ŏb-ĕdo , ēdi, ēsum, ĕre, eat, eat away, devour (used only in the part. perf. and P. a.).—Trop.: “nec obesa cavamine terra est,Auct. Aetn. 344.—Hence, P. a.: ŏbēsus , a, um.
I. Wasted away, lean, meagre: corpore pectoreque undique obeso, Laev. ap. Gell. 19, 7, 3; and ap. Non. 361, 17: (obesum hic notavimus proprie magis quam usitate dictum pro exili atque gracilento, Gell. ib.: obesum gracile et exile, Non. l. l.).—
II. Mid., that has eaten itself fat; hence, in gen., fat, stout, plump: obesus pinguis quasi ob edendum factus, Paul. ex Fest. p. 188 Müll. (not in Cic.; perh. not ante-Aug.; “syn.: opimus, pinguis): corpus neque gracile, neque obesum,Cels. 2, 1; cf. Col. 6, 2, 15: “turdus,Hor. Ep. 1, 15, 40: “sus,Col. 7, 10, 6: “terga,Verg. G. 3, 80: “cervix,Suet. Ner. 51.—Sup.: “obesissimus venter,Plin. 11, 37, 79, § 200; Suet. Vit. 17; App. M. 11, p. 263.—Poet.: “fauces obesae,swollen, Verg. G. 3, 497.—
B. Trop., gross, coarse, heavy, dull (poet.): munera quid mihi quidve tabellas Mittis nec firmo juveni neque naris obesae? that has not a quick nose, that is not nice or delicate, = obtusae, Hor. Epod. 12, 3; so, “aures,Calp. Ecl. 4, 147: “mens,Aus. Epigr. 7, 20: obeso somno mori, idle, lazy, inactive, of bees, Sulp. Sat. 56.
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