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prae-cerpo (praecarpo , Oppius ap. Macr. S. 2, 15), psi, ptum, 3, v. a. carpo.
I. To pluck, break off, or gather before, or before the time (poet. and in post-Aug. prose): “messes,Ov. H. 20, 143: “germinum tenera,Plin. 18, 19, 49, § 177: mala citrea (opp. maturescere), Oppius ap. Macr. l. l. —
B. Trop., to pluck beforehand; hence, to take away, lessen, diminish (class.): “non praecerpo fructum officii tui,Cic. Verr. 2, 4, 37, § 80: “purpurae decus praecerptum praefloratumque,Plin. Pan. 58 fin.: “gratiam novitatis,id. Ep. 5, 20, 8.—*
II. To pluck out in front: “jubas,Stat. Th. 9, 193. —*
III. To make extracts from: “Aristotelis libros,Gell. 2, 30, 11.
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