The Latin verb "stimulare" (to urge, to stimulate) comes from the noun "stimulus" (sting of a bee or a similar animal). Was it ever attested in the meaning "to sting (of a bee)"?

By the way, how would you say "It stings me like a bee." in Latin?

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    Are you sure stimulus ever meant 'beesting' or similar? It's certainly not its primary meaning.
    – Cairnarvon
    Sep 23, 2023 at 18:15
  • @Cairnarvon en.wiktionary.org/wiki/stimulus#Latin Sep 23, 2023 at 18:55
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    It says 'sting' but it means that in a broad sense, not idiomatically an insect's sting; click through to Lewis and Short.
    – Cairnarvon
    Sep 23, 2023 at 18:57

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I would say that "it stings me like a bee" might be rendered as aculeo icit me, literally, "it smites me with a stinger".


As explained in Etymonline Stimulus

its use, especially in medicine, is more attached to the common pricking instruments used to get the cattle or horses into motion.

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