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căprĕŏlus, i, m. [as if from capreus, caprea].

I. A kind of wild goat, chamois, roebuck, Verg. E. 2, 41; Col. 9, 1, 1.—

II. Transf., named from the form of their horns,

A. An implement with two prongs for cutting up weeds, a weeding-hoe, Col. 11, 3, 46.—

B. In plur.: capreoli, in mechanics, short pieces of timber inclining to each other, which support something, supports, props, stays, Vitr. 4, 2; 5, 1; 10, 15; 10, 20; 10, 21; Caes. B. C. 2, 10; Isid. Orig. 17, 5, 11.—

C. Of vines, the small tendrils which support the branches, Col. 1, 31, 4; Paul. ex Fest. p. 57 Müll.; Plin. 17, 23, 35, 208.