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plumbum , i, n. for mlumbum; Gr. μόλμβος, μόλυβδος,
I.lead.
I. Lit.
B. In partic.
1. A leaden ball or bullet (poet.): “Balearica plumbum Funda jacit,Ov. M. 2, 727; Verg. A. 9, 587.—
2. Leaden pipes (poet.): “purior in vicis aqua tendit rumpere plumbum,Hor. Ep. 1, 10, 20.—
3. A scourge with a leaden ball at the end of it (poet.), Prud. στεφ. 10. 116.—
4. A pencil or ruler: “membrana plumbo directa,Cat. 22, 7.—
II. Transf., a defect in the eye (post-Aug.): plumbum (quod est genus vitii) ex oculo tollitur, Plin. 25, 13, 97, § 155.
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