Definition of tribulus, tribolus
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LNS
tribulus, tribulī
(tribolus, tribolī)
tribulus, tribolus
τρίβολος,
noun (m., 3rd Greek declension)
  1. an instrument resting on three of its iron prongs, while a fourth projected upward, a caltrop
  2. A kind of thorn or thistle, land-caltrops
  3. A kind of water-plant, water - chestnut, water - caltrops
Abbreviations
tribulus (tribol-), i, m., = τρίβολος, an instrument resting on three of its iron prongs, while a fourth projected upward, thrown on the ground to impede an enemy's cavalry, a caltrop. Lit.: tribulos abjecerunt, Veg. Mil. 3, 24.

— Transf., from its resemblance in form. A kind of thorn or thistle, land-caltrops: Tribulus terrestris, Linn.; Verg. G. 1, 153; Ov. M. 13, 803; Plin. 21, 15, 54, § 91: spinae et tribuli, Vulg. Gen. 3, 18.

— A kind of water-plant bearing a prickly nut of a triangular form, water - chestnut, water - caltrops: Trapa natans, Linn.; Plin. 21, 16, 58, § 98.
 
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