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pătĕra, ae, f. [pateo], a broad, flat dish or saucer, used esp. in offerings; a libationsaucer or bowl (cf.: simpulum, simpuvium), Varr. L. L. 5, 122 Müll.; cf. Macr. S. 5, 21: aurea, Plaut. Am. 1, 1, 104; 2, 2, 128: humani corporis sanguinem in pateris circumtulisse, Sall. C. 22, 1: Themistoclem aiunt, cum taurum immolavisset, excepisse sanguinem paterā, etc., Cic. Brut. 11, 43: vinaque marmoreas paterā fundebat in aras, Ov. M. 9, 160; Hor. S. 1, 6, 118: pateris libare et auro, golden cups, Verg. G. 2, 192: pateram perplovere in sacris cum dicitur significat pertusam esse, Fest. p. 250 Müll.