-unculus

See also: unculus

LatinEdit

EtymologyEdit

An extended form of -culus derived from diminutives ending in -unculus derived from third-declension nouns with nominative singular forms ending in and oblique stems ending in -in- or -ōn- (such as homunculus (from homō, homin- + -culus) and sermunculus (from sermō, sermōn- + -culus)), in which the stem’s vowel was altered from i or ō to u.

PronunciationEdit

SuffixEdit

-unculus (feminine -uncula, neuter -unculum); first/second-declension suffix

  1. Suffix forming diminutive forms of nouns, ultimately an extended form of -lus.
    avus (grandfather)avunculus (uncle)
    rāna (frog)rānunculus (tadpole)

DeclensionEdit

First/second-declension adjective.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masculine Feminine Neuter Masculine Feminine Neuter
Nominative -unculus -uncula -unculum -unculī -unculae -uncula
Genitive -unculī -unculae -unculī -unculōrum -unculārum -unculōrum
Dative -unculō -unculō -unculīs
Accusative -unculum -unculam -unculum -unculōs -unculās -uncula
Ablative -unculō -unculā -unculō -unculīs
Vocative -uncule -uncula -unculum -unculī -unculae -uncula

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