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culus

LatinEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Indo-European *kuH-l-, zero-grade without s-mobile form of *(s)kewH- (to cover). Cognates include Old Irish cúl (bottom), Lithuanian kẽvalas (skin, cover) and indirectly Old English hȳd (English hide). Related to obscūrus (dark, obscure) and cutis (hide).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

cūlus m (genitive cūlī); second declension

  1. (vulgar) The anus, arse; the posterior, buttocks
    • c. 84 BCE – 54 BCE, Catullus, Carmina 97, (translation adapted by H.J.Walker, which can be viewed here)
      Non (ita me di ament) quicquam referre putaui,
      utrumne os an culum olfacerem Aemilio.
      I swear by the gods I didn't think it mattered one straw,
      whether I sniffed Aemilius's head or his arse.

InflectionEdit

Second declension.

Number Singular Plural
nominative cūlus cūlī
genitive cūlī cūlōrum
dative cūlō cūlīs
accusative cūlum cūlōs
ablative cūlō cūlīs
vocative cūle cūlī

DescendantsEdit