PUBLICIANA, civil law. The name of an action introduced by the proctor Publicius, the object of which was to recover a thing which had been lost. Inst. 4, 6, 4; Dig. 6, 2 1, 16 et 17. Its effects were similar to those of our action of trover.
A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.