Lewis & Short

in-tābesco, bui, 3, v. inch. n., to waste away by degrees, to pine away.

  1. I. Lit.: diuturno morbo, Cic. N. D. 3, 35, 84 (B. and K. tabescentem): cum semel fixae cibo Intabuissent pupulae, Hor. Epod. 5, 39: vitis intabescit, Col. 4, 3: virtutem videant intabescantque relictā, Pers. 3, 38: dolori, with grief, Sen. Cons. ad Polyb. 24.
  2. II. Transf., to melt away, dissolve: ut intabescere flavae Igne levi cerae solent, Ov. M. 3, 487: lata plumbea funda Missa solet medio glans intabescere caelo, id. ib. 14, 826.