is used to signify, 1, the produce of the
year in corn, fruit,,wine, &c.: hence, 2, [p. 1.125]
provisions in general, especially the corn which, in the latter years of
the republic, was collected in the storehouses of the state or in private
granaries for the provisioning of Rome; 3, the price at which such corn was
sold (e. g. Liv. 2.34
); 4, a tax in kind, usually one-tenth, levied in the provinces,
even under the republic (Cic. in
Rull. 2.2. 9
; Leg. Manil.
6; pro Flacco
8; in Verr.
3.6, 7), and
under the empire applied for provisioning the army; 5, the corn so
distributed among the soldiers. [CONGIARIUM;
FRUMENTATIO; PRAEFECTUS ANNONAE.]