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pistrīnum (pristrīnum , Plaut. Pers. 3, 3, 15 Ritschl; id. Ps. 5, 1, 9 Fleck.), i, n. pistor,
I.a place where corn is pounded, a pounding-mill, mill; usually worked by horses or asses; but sometimes a lazy or otherwise bad slave was forced to perform this labor (cf. mola).
II. Transf.
A. Because bread was usually baked at the mill, a bakery: “exercere pistrinum,Suet. Aug. 4: “aliquem in pistrinum submittere,Sen. Ep. 90, 22; “swine were fed there upon the bran,Plaut. Capt. 4, 2, 27.—
B. A wearisome, oppressive labor, drudgery: “tibi mecum in eodem est pistrino, Crasse, vivendum,Cic. de Or. 2, 33, 144.
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  • Cross-references in general dictionaries from this page (9):
    • Plautus, Mostellaria, 1.1
    • Plautus, Persa, 3.3
    • Plautus, Pseudolus, 5.1
    • Suetonius, Divus Augustus, 4
    • Plautus, Bacchides, 4.6
    • Plautus, Captivi, 4.2
    • Cicero, On Oratory, 1.11
    • Cicero, On Oratory, 2.33
    • Seneca, Epistulae, 90.22
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