motrix

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

A post-classical Latin female form of classical Latin motor (motor). It is used as the feminine form of motor ((he) that moves) in neo-Latin, as in the original of Newton's Laws of Motion: proportionalem esse vi motrici impressae ‘is proportional to the motive force applied’ formed on the agentive suffix: -tor (masculine) / -trix (feminine).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

motrix (plural not attested)

  1. a female instigator or cause of something
    • 1997, Thomas Pynchon, Mason & Dixon:
      So Dixon for the second time in two minutes finds himself laughing without the Motrix of honest Mirth
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