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Lewis : aculeus

aculeus, ăcūlĕus, i, m. acc. to Prisc. 618 P. dim. from 1. acus, with the gender changed, like diecula fr. dies, cf. Val. Prob. 1463 P., a sting. Lit. Of animals: apis aculeum sine clamore ferre non possumus, Cic. Tusc. 2, 22; so Plin. 11, 17, 17: neparum, Cic. Fin. 5, 15 al.—Also, the spur of fowls, Col. 8, 2, 8: locustarum, Vulg. Apoc. 9, 10.

Of plants, a spine or prickle: spinarum, Plin. 13, 9, 19: carduorum, id. 20, 23, 99.

Of an arrow or dart, the point, Liv. 38, 21, 11.

Fig., a sting. Of a sharp, cutting remark: pungunt quasi aculeis interrogatiunculis, Cic. Fin. 4, 3; so id. Ac. 2, 31; id. Planc. 24 al.; Liv. 23, 42, 5.

Of harsh treatment: aculeos severitatis judicum evellere, Cic. Clu. 55 fin.; so id. Cael. 12, 29.

Of painful thought or care: meum ille pectus pungit aculeus, quid illi negoti fuerit ante aedīs meas, Plant. Trin. 4, 2, 158: domesticarum sollicitudinum, Cic. Att. 1, 18.