In partic. A set, slip, young tree; of willows, Plin. 17, 20, 32, § 141.
A measuring-rod, with which the grants of land were measured out to the soldiers; a pole, perch (usually called decempeda): abstulit excultas pertica tristis opes, Prop. 4 (5), 1, 130; Val. Cato, Dir. 45; cf. Serv. Verg. Ecl. 9, 7.
Transf., a portion of land measured out with the pertica: quodcumque coloniae est assignatum, id universum pertica appellatur, Front. Limit. Agr. p. 43 Goes.
Trop., a measure.—Prov.: non unā perticā, quod dicitur, Plin. Ep. 8, 2, 8.