Definition of acus
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1.
LNS
acus, acūs
cf. 2. acer
noun (f., 4th declension)
  1. A needle or pin, pointed
  2. to embroider
  3. a hair-pin
  4. a surgeon's needle, a probe
  5. The tongue of a buckle
  6. An implement of husbandry
Abbreviations
acus, ūs, f. cf. 2. acer. A needle or pin, as being pointed, both for common use and ornament:“quasarcinatrix veletiam ornatrix utitur,” Paul. ex Fest. p. 9 Mull. Lit.: mirabar vulnus, quod acu punctum videtur, Cic. Mil. 24.

—Hence, acu pingere, to embroider, Verg. A. 9, 582; Ov. M. 6, 23; cf. Plin. 8, 48, § 191; Isid. Orig. 19, 22, 22.

—Esp. a hair-pin: figat acus tortas sustineatque comas, Mart. 14, 24: foramen acūs, the eye of a needle, Vulg. Matt. 19, 24.

—Also, a surgeon's needle, a probe, Cels. 7, 17.

—Hence, Trop.: acu rem tangere, to touch the thing with a needle; in Engl. phrase, to hit the nail on the head, Plaut. Rud. 5, 2, 19; so, to denote careful and successful effort: si acum quaereres, acum invenisses, id. Men. 2, 1, 13.

— The tongue of a buckle, Treb. Poll. Claud. 14.

— I. q. acus, eris, Col. 2, 10, 40.

— An implement of husbandry, Pall. 1, 43, 2.
 
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