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saeptum (sēp- ), i, n. id. (class.; usu. plur.).
I. Prop.
A. In gen., a fence, en closure, wall, etc.; plur. absol.: “nunc de saeptis, quae tutandi causā fundi, aut partis fiant, dicam,Varr. R. R. 1, 14, 1; cf. “the context: quibus enim saeptis tam immanes beluas continebimus?Cic. Phil. 13, 3, 5: “saxea saepta,id. ib. 4, 701: “saepta candentia,Mart. Cap. 2, § 108: “nisi saeptis revolsis,Cic. Phil. 5, 4, 9.—With gen.: “transit fulmen caeli per saepta domorum,Lucr. 1, 490; cf. id. 6, 228; 6, 860.—Sing.: “AEDICVLAM, ARAM, SAEPTVM, CLVSVM, VETVSTATE DIRVTA RESTITVIT,Inscr. Orell. 1515.—
B. Esp.: Saeptum lini, a hunter's net or toils, Nemes. Cyneg. 308.—
II. Meton.
A. In gen., any enclosed place, an enclosure: “ut intra saepta (sc. villae) habeat aquam,Varr. R. R. 1, 11, 2.—
2. Esp.
b. A fish-pond or preserve: “animadvertimus intra saepta pelagios greges inertis mugilis,Col. 8, 17, 8.—
c. Plur., a large enclosed place in the Campus Martius, where the people assembled to vote, and where were many handsome shops: “cum ille in saepta irruisset,Cic. Mil. 15, 41: “est (sc. dies) quoque, quo populum jus est includere saeptis,Ov. F. 1, 53; cf. Mart. 9, 60, 1. —
d. Saeptum venationis, a park, warren, preserve, enclosed hunting-ground, Varr. R. R. 3, 12, 2; cf. the context.—
B. Any thing used for enclosing, etc.; hence,
2. A sluice, flood-gate, Dig. 43, 21, 1, § 4.—
3. Medic. t. t., the diaphragm, midriff: “jecur ... ab ipso saepto orsum,Cels. 4, 1; cf. id. 5, 26, 15; 7, 4, 2; “called also transversum saeptum,id. 4, 1.
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