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See also: catés
cates pl (plural only)
- (archaic) Provisions; food; viands; especially, luxurious food; delicacies; dainties.
1764, Churchill, Charles, The Times:
- Hath any rival glutton got the start, / And beat him in his own luxurious art; / Bought cates for which Apicius could not pay, / Or drest old dainties in a newer way?
- Second-person singular (tu) present subjunctive of catar
- Second-person singular (tu) negative imperative of catar