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Latin, a pump.


antlia (plural antliae)

  1. (zoology) The spiral tubular proboscis of lepidopterous insects.

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From Ancient Greek ἀντλία (antlia) "bilge-water, filth", from ἀντλέω (antleo) "to bale out bilge-water, to bale the ship, to draw water"



antlia f (genitive antliae); first declension

  1. A foot-operated pump for drawing water.
  2. the body part of an insect used to suck up plant juices.


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[[1]] Rome, the Greek World, and the East: Volume 2: Government, Society, and Culture in the Roman Empire

by Fergus Millar Page 136

To the list of functions mentioned by Pliny nothing can be added except (probably) that of working a treadmill (antlia): Artemidorus in the ...

[[2]] Romanae Historiae 1658 by Thomas Godwyn

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