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EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin abaculus, diminutive of abacus.

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NounEdit

abaculus (plural abaculi)

  1. (archaic) A small tile of glass, marble, or other substance, of various colors, used in making ornamental patterns in mosaic pavements; abaciscus.

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LatinEdit

EtymologyEdit

Diminutive of abacus (a square board), from Ancient Greek ἄβαξ (ábax, board).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

abaculus m (genitive abaculī); second declension

  1. abaculus
    • c. 77 CE – 79 CE, Pliny the Elder, Naturalis Historia 36.67:
      Tingit ars, veluti cum calculi fiunt, quos quidam abaculos appellant, aliquos etiam pluribus modis versicolores.
      The craft dyes, like they are made of tiles, those which are called abaculi, some of which are made varicolored in many ways.

DeclensionEdit

Second-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative abaculus abaculī
Genitive abaculī abaculōrum
Dative abaculō abaculīs
Accusative abaculum abaculōs
Ablative abaculō abaculīs
Vocative abacule abaculī

DescendantsEdit

  • English: abaculus
  • French: abacule
  • Portuguese: abáculo

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