from The Century Dictionary.
- noun See
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The murderer of a parent was sewed up in a sack (culeus or culleus) and thrown into a river.
If the word was originally patricida, the law intended to make all malicious killing as great an offonce as parricide, though it would appear that parricide, properly so called, was, from the time of the Twelve Tables at least, specially punished with the culleus, and other murders were not.
Am., c. xxv) appears to use the word in its limited sense, as he speaks of the punishment of the culleus.