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Lewis : avello

avello, āvello, velli or vulsi, vulsum or volsum, 3, v. a. (pluperf. avellerat, Curt. 5, 6, 5; perf. avulsi, Luc. 9, 764), to tear off or away, to pull or rend off (syn.: abripio, eximo). In gen. (class.): avellere tigna trabesque, to tear away planks and beams, Lucr. 6, 241: avolsaque saxa Montibus, the rocks rent from the mountains, id. 4, 141: avolsum umeris caput, Verg. A. 2, 558; so Ov. M. 3, 727; 2, 358: avolsos silices a montibus altis, Lucr. 5, 313: avolsus radicibus oculus, id. 3, 563: poma ex arboribus, si cruda sunt, vix avelluntur; si matura et cocta, decidunt, Cic. Sen. 19, 71; id. Verr. 2, 4, 49 fin.: Cum ripa simul avolsos ferat Aufidus acer, Hor. S. 1, 1, 58; 2, 8, 89: Avellit frondes, Ov. M. 2, 351: summitatem frondium ejus avulsit, Vulg. Ezech. 17, 4 al.: Ex eā avolsa postea Therasia, Plin. 4, 12, 23, § 70: Euboea avolsa Boeotiae, id. 4, 12, 21, § 63.

Esp. To take away by force, to tear away: rus ab aliquo, Ter. Eun. 3, 3, 14: pretium alicui, Hor. S. 1, 2, 104: fatale sacrato avellere templo Palladium, Verg. A. 2, 165: fundum emptori, Dig. 23, 7, 17; 40, 7, 3: avellamus eum ad nos, Vulg. Isa. 7, 6; so of carrying off the bride, Cat. 62, 21 Ellis.

To separate from something by pulling, to part, to remove: aliquem de matris complexu avellere atque abstrahere, Cic. Font. 17: ab uberibus avellere, to wean, Vulg. Isa. 28, 9: ut sperem posse (eum) avelli, Ter. And. 3, 3, 21: Non potes avelli! simul, ah, simul ibimus, inquit, Ov. Tr. 1, 3, 81: complexu avolsus Iuli, Verg. A. 4, 616: ut avellerentur castris, Tac. A. 1, 44: se, to tear one's self away, Ter. Hec. 4, 1, 39.

And in pass. without the notion of violence, to withdraw: Et ipse avulsus est ab eis, Vulg. Luc. 22, 41 Tisch.—Trop.: aliquem a tanto errore, Cic. Off. 3, 4, 83.