See also: orcus

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Orcus's planetary symbol

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  1. (Roman mythology) The Etruscan and Roman god of the underworld.
    Coordinate terms: Hades, Pluto
  2. (astronomy) A dwarf planet and plutino, sometimes referred to as the “anti-Pluto”. Its moon is Vanth.
    Hypernym: plutino

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  • (celestial body): 🝿 (U+15, 2022)

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Etymology edit

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

Proper noun edit

Orcus m (genitive Orcī); second declension

  1. (Roman mythology) Orcus (god of the underworld)
  2. (New Latin, astronomy) Orcus (dwarf planet)
  3. the underworld
  4. death

Declension edit

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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Descendants edit

See also descendants at orcus.

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

References edit

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