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oscĭto , āre, v. n., and oscĭtor , āri, v. dep. (
I.inf. oscitarier, Turp. ap. Non. 322, 18; or Com. Rel. v. 15 Rib.) [oscieo], to open the mouth wide, to gape.
I. Of plants, to open, unclose: oscitat in campis caput a cervice revulsum, of the plant lion's-mouth, Enn. ap. Serv. Verg. A. 10, 396; cf. Col. 10, 260; and: “(arborum) folia cotidie ad solem oscitant,turn towards the sun, Plin. 16, 24, 36, § 88.—
II. Of living beings, to gape, yawn: “ut pandiculans oscitatur,Plaut. Men. 5, 2, 80; * Lucr. 3, 1065: “clare ac sonore oscitavit,Gell. 4, 20, 8.— With acc.: “quid adhuc oscitamus crapulam hesternam,August. Ver. Rel. 3.—
B. Trop., to be listless, drowsy, inactive (cf.: “dormio. sterto): cum majores (calamitates) impendere videantur, sedetis et oscitamini,” i. e. are listless, idle, negligent, Auct. Her. 4, 36, 48; cf. the foll.—Hence, oscĭtans , antis, P. a., listless, sluggish, lazy, negligent (class.): “interea oscitantes opprimi,Ter. And. 1, 2, 10: quae Epicurus oscitans allucinatus est, qs. half asleep, Cic. N. D. 1, 26, 72.—Of abstract things: “oscitans et dormitans sapientia,Cic. de Or. 2, 33, 144.—* Adv.: oscĭtanter , carelessly, negligently: “quod ille tam solute egisset, tam leniter, tam oscitanter,Cic. Brut. 80, 277.
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  • Cross-references in general dictionaries from this page (7):
    • Plautus, Menaechmi, 5.2
    • Cicero, On Oratory, 2.33
    • Lucretius, De Rerum Natura, 3.1065
    • Pliny the Elder, Naturalis Historia, 16.88
    • Cicero, de Natura Deorum, 1.26
    • Gellius, Noctes Atticae, 4.20.8
    • Cicero, Brutus, 80.277
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