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prae-sterno , ĕre, v. a.,
I.to strew or spread beforehand, to prepare (mostly anteand post-class.): “eo praesternebant folia farferi (al. prosternebant),Plaut. Poen. 2, 32: “altaria,to prepare, Stat. S. 3, 2, 114: “jubet serta et elysios animae praesternere flores,id. ib. 5, 2, 257.—Pass. fig.: “tuis laudibus tuisque virtutibus materiam campumque praesterni,Plin. Pan. 31, 1: “illud peto, praesternas, etc. (al. less correctly, praestruas),Plin. Ep. 5, 8, 14.
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