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dē-sŭper, adv., from above, from overhead (repeatedly in the historians and poets; not in Cic.): qui in phalangas insilirent et desuper vulnerarent, Caes. B. G. 1, 52, 5 (a false reading in Caes. B. C. 1, 79, 2; but v. Lachm. ad Lucr. 6, 511; cf. Tac. A. 2, 16): aprum jaculis desuper petit, Suet. Tib. 72; Sen. Ep. 74: desuper atrum nemus imminet, Verg. A. 1, 165; 2, 47; 4, 122 al.: nunc desuper Alpis colles abripimur, Luc. 1, 688 (the construction as just before: feros Libyen; and Verg. E. 1, 65: sitientes ibimus Afros).—

II. Without the idea of motion, above (poet. and late): desuper extentas imposuere togas, Ov. F. 3, 529; Sil. 1, 349; Flor. 3, 2, 6; Just. 21, 6, 6; Vulg. Matt. 21, 7 et saep.