Derived from Proto-Indo-European *wes- (“graze”), cognate with Gothic wisan (“to enjoy oneself, devour”).
vēscor (present infinitive vēscī); third conjugation, deponent, no perfect or supine stem
- (with accusative or ablative) to eat, feed upon
- Synonyms: adedō, edō, vorō, prandeō, pāscor, cēnō, cōnsūmō
- (with accusative or ablative) to make use of, enjoy, use
- Synonyms: adhibeō, sūmō, assūmō, ūtor, ūsūrpō
- (intransitive) to eat
- The verb vēscor and others like it, fruor, fungor, ūtor, potior, and their compounds, regularly govern the ablative case.
Lacte et ferīnā carne vescēbantur.
- They fed on milk and game.
- ^ De Vaan, Michiel (2008), “vēscor”, in Etymological Dictionary of Latin and the other Italic Languages (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 7), Leiden, Boston: Brill, →ISBN
- “vescor”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
- “vescor”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
- vescor in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette