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spătha , ae, f., = σπάθη.
I. A broad, flat, wooden instrument for stirring any liquid, a spattle, spatula, Col. 12, 42, 3; Plin. 34, 11, 26, § 111; Scrib. Comp. 45; Cels. 7, 12 fin.; 8, 15.—*
II. A batten, or broad piece of wood, used by the early weavers for driving home the threads of the woof or tram, Sen. Ep. 90, 20.—
III. A broad, two-edged sword without a point (the Italian spada), Veg. Mil. 2, 15; Tac. A. 12, 35 fin.; App. M. 1, p. 103, 39; 9, p. 236, 28; Spart. Hadr. 10; Capitol. Max. jun. 3; Tert. Cult. Fem. 13.—
IV. A spathe of a palmtree, Plin. 16, 26, 48, § 112.—
V. A kind of tree, called also elate, Plin. 23, 5, 53, § 99; Scrib. Comp. 269 (called also spathe, Plin. 12, 28, 62, § 134 al.).
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