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serra , ae, f. perh. = sec - ra, seg - ra, from seco.
I. A saw, the invention of Daedalus, Ov. M. 8, 246; Sen. Ep. 90, 8; Plin. 7, 56, 57, § 198; Hyg. Fab. 274: “stridens,Lucr. 2, 410: “stridor serrae,Cic. Tusc. 5, 40, 116; Varr. ap. Non. 223, 19; Vitr. 2, 7: “arguta,Verg. G. 1, 143 et saep.—Prov.: “serram ducere cum aliquo de aliquā re,to quarrel with one about something, Varr. R. R. 3, 6, 1; so, “too, quamdiu per hanc lineam serram reciprocabimus?Tert. Cor. Mil. 3.— Trop., of the back of a thin person, Mart. 11, 100, 4.—
II. Transf.
A. A kind of sawfish, Plin. 9, 2, 1, § 3; 32, 11, 53, § 145.—
B. A serrated order of battle: “serra proeliari dicitur, cum assidue acceditur recediturque neque ullo consistitur tempore. Cato de re militari: Sive opus est cuneo, aut globo, aut forcipe aut turribus aut serrā uti adoriare,Fest. p. 344 Müll.; cf. Gell. 10, 9, 1; Veg. Mil. 3, 19 fin.
C. A threshingwain, with serrated wheels, Hier. in Amos, 1; Vulg. lsa. 28, 27.—
D. Serra, in relig. lang., the name of the Tiber, acc. to Serv. Verg. A. 8, 63.
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