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bāsĭum, ii, n. [for sāvĭum, suavium; cf. Engl. buss; O. Germ. bus], a kiss.

I. In gen. (rare and mostly poet.; most freq. in Cat.; not in Plaut. or Ter.): da mi basia mille, Cat. 5, 7; 5, 13; 7, 9; 16, 12; 99, 16; Mart. 2, 21, 1; 11, 98, 9; 12, 55, 9; 12, 59, 1; Petr. 21, 2, 110: impingere alicui, id. 21, 2, 31.—

II. Esp., a kissing of the hand: jactat basia tibicen, throws kisses of the hand, Phaedr. 5, 8, 28; so Juv. 4, 117.