ablaqueate

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin ablaqueātus (loosened, dug up), past participle of ablaqueō (to disentangle), formed from ab- + laqueō (noose).

Verb[edit]

ablaqueate (third-person singular simple present ablaqueates, present participle ablaqueating, simple past and past participle ablaqueated)

  1. (transitive, obsolete) To lay bare, as the roots of a tree, by loosening or removing soil. [Attested from around (1350 to 1470) until the mid 18th century.][1]
    • 1847, Thomas Keightley, The Bucolics and Georgics of Virgil:
      After the autumnal equinox they were to be ablaqueated like the vines. Every third year they were to be dunged, and after some years (generally the eighth) to be pruned; for there was an old saying, to wit, eum qui aret olivetum rogare fructum; qui stercoret exorare; qui caedat cogere.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Lesley Brown (editor), The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th edition (Oxford University Press, 2003 [1933], ISBN 978-0-19-860575-7), page 5

Latin[edit]

Verb[edit]

ablaqueāte

  1. first-person plural present active imperative of ablaqueō