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semita

See also: Semita and sémita

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Latin, a path.

NounEdit

semita (plural semitae)

  1. A fasciole of a spatangoid sea urchin.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.


ItalianEdit

AdjectiveEdit

semita m (feminine semita, masculine plural semiti, feminine plural semite)

  1. Semitic

SynonymsEdit

NounEdit

semita m (plural semiti) semita f (plural semite)

  1. Semite

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LatinEdit

EtymologyEdit

Perhaps from sē- (apart, away from) +‎ meātus (traveled, traversed, perfect passive participle of meō (go along, pass)).[1] In this proposal, the combined form would have had to undergo non-initial vowel reduction, giving *sēmeāta > *sēmiāta > sēmita. The vowel coalescence of -iā- > -i- as opposed to -ī-, however, is not entirely convincing.

Other sources have attempted to derive sēmita from sēm(i)- (half) +‎ itus (the perfect participial stem of (go, walk)) with the meaning of “half a path”. [2]

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

sēmita f (genitive sēmitae); first declension

  1. narrow way, footpath

DeclensionEdit

First declension.

Number Singular Plural
nominative sēmita sēmitae
genitive sēmitae sēmitārum
dative sēmitae sēmitīs
accusative sēmitam sēmitās
ablative sēmitā sēmitīs
vocative sēmita sēmitae

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DescendantsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ sēmita” on page 1,909/3 of the Oxford Latin Dictionary (2nd ed., 2012)
  2. ^ Sēmĭta” on page 142 of Rev. Francis Edward Jackson Valpy's A Manual of Latin Etymology, as Ultimately Derived, but with Few Exceptions, from the Greek Language. Longman, 1852.
  • sēmĭta” in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1879.
  • sēmĭta” on page 1,420/3 of Félix Gaffiot’s Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français (1934)
  • sēmita” on page 1,732/2 of the Oxford Latin Dictionary (1st ed., 1968–82)

SpanishEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • Homophone: cemita (Americas)

AdjectiveEdit

semita m, f (plural semitas)

  1. Semitic

NounEdit

semita m, f (plural semitas)

  1. Semite
  2. (Bolivia, Ecuador, feminine only) a kind of biscuit

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