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ad-mordĕo , rsum, 2, v. a. (
I.perf. admemordi, Plaut. Aul. Fragm. ap. Gell. 6, 9, 6), to bite at or gnaw, to bite into (cf. accīdo, to cut into).
I. Lit.: “admorso signata in stirpe cicatrix,Verg. G. 2, 379.—So of Cleopatra: “bracchia admorsa colubris,Prop. 4, 10, 53.—
II. Fig., of a miser, to bite, i. e. get possession of some of one's property, to fleece him: “lepidum est, triparcos, vetulos bene admordere,Plaut. Pers. 2, 3, 14: “jam admordere hunc mihi lubet, i. e. aggredi et ab eo aliquid corradere,id. Ps. 4, 7, 24.
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  • Cross-references in general dictionaries from this page (4):
    • Plautus, Persa, 2.3
    • Plautus, Pseudolus, 4.7
    • Vergil, Georgics, 2.379
    • Gellius, Noctes Atticae, 6.9.6
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