See also: orcus

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Orcus

  1. (Roman mythology) The Etruscan and Roman god of the underworld.
    Coordinate terms: Hades, Pluto
  2. (astronomy) A large trans-Neptunian object and plutino, sometimes referred to as the “anti-Pluto”.
    Hypernym: plutino

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EtymologyEdit

Some refer it to Proto-Indo-European *h₂erk- (to hold, shut in), others to Ancient Greek ὅρκος (hórkos, oath).[1]

Proper nounEdit

Orcus m (genitive Orcī); second declension

  1. Orcus (god of the underworld)
  2. the underworld
  3. death

DeclensionEdit

Second-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative Orcus Orcī
Genitive Orcī Orcōrum
Dative Orcō Orcīs
Accusative Orcum Orcōs
Ablative Orcō Orcīs
Vocative Orce Orcī

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DescendantsEdit

See also descendants at orcus.

  • Old French: ogre
    • French: ogre (see there for further descendants)
  • Italian: orco (see there for further descendants)
  • Piedmontese: òrch
  • Old Spanish: huerco
  • Middle Dutch: orck
    • Dutch: ork (regional)
  • Old English: orc

ReferencesEdit

  • Orcus in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1879
  • Orcus in Charlton T. Lewis, An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers, 1891
  • Orcus in Gaffiot, Félix, Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette, 1934
  1. ^ Wagenvoort, Studies in Roman Literature, Culture and Religion