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mĕrenda , ae, f. mereo, q. v., afternoon luncheon, taken between four and five o'clock (ante- and post-class.): merendam antiqui dicebant pro prandio, quod scilicet medio die caperetur, Paul. ex Fest. p. 123 Müll.: “merenda dicitur cibus post meridiem qui datur,Non. 28, 32; Plaut. Most. 4, 2, 49; Afran. ap. Non. 28, 33: “serae hora merendae,Calp. Ecl. 5, 60; cf. Isid. Orig. 20, 2, 12.—Also of feed or medicine for a beast: Cyprio bovi merendam, Ennius cum dixit, significat id, quod solet fieri in insulā Cypro, in quā boves humano stercore pascuntur, Paul. ex Fest. p. 59 Müll. (sola, v. 2 Vahl. p. 164).
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