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vĕtĕrānus, a, um, adj. [id.], old, veteran (in technical lang.): boves, Varr. R. R. 1, 20, 2: pecus, Col. 6, 2, 9: gallinae, id. 8, 5, 6: vitis, id. 3, 15, 3: mancipia, Dig. 39, 4, 16: hostis, Liv. 21, 6, 5: miles veteranus, or simply veteranus, an old tried soldier, a veteran soldier, a veteran: milites, Cic. Phil. 3, 2, 3: veterani, Caes. B. C. 3, 24; Cic. Phil. 11, 14, 37; Liv. 37, 20, 2; 40, 39, 4; Sen. Ben. 3, 33, 1; 5, 24, 1; cf.: legiones veteranae, i. e. composed of veterans, Caes. B. G. 1, 24.—

II. Trop., experienced, skilled: veteranis manibus libros evolvite, Vop. Aur. 39.