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).



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.


Second declension.

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


  • Italian: culo
  • Megleno-Romanian: cur
  • Occitan: cuol
  • Portuguese: cu
  • Romanian: cur
  • Romansch: tgil, tgigl, chül
  • Sardinian: colu, cu, culu
  • Sicilian: culu
  • Spanish: culo
  • Vegliot: čol
Last modified on 17 April 2014, at 12:37