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EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin anceps (literally double-headed).

NounEdit

anceps (plural ancipites)

  1. (poetry, Greek and Latin meter) A syllable that can be either short or long.

AnagramsEdit


LatinEdit

EtymologyEdit

From ambo (both) +‎ -ceps (headed), from caput (head).

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

anceps (genitive ancipitis); third declension

  1. double-headed, having two heads
  2. (of mountains) having two summits or peaks
  3. (of swords) double-edged
  4. divided into two parts
  5. wavering, doubtful, uncertain
  6. dangerous, hazardous

InflectionEdit

Third declension.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masc./Fem. Neuter Masc./Fem. Neuter
nominative anceps ancipitēs ancipitia
genitive ancipitis ancipitium
dative ancipitī ancipitibus
accusative ancipitem anceps ancipitēs ancipitia
ablative ancipitī ancipitibus
vocative anceps ancipitēs ancipitia

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DescendantsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • anceps in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • anceps in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • du Cange, Charles (1883), “anceps”, in G. A. Louis Henschel, Pierre Carpentier, Léopold Favre, editors, Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (in Latin), Niort: L. Favre
  • anceps” in Félix Gaffiot’s Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette (1934)
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • the changes and chances of this life: ancipites et varii casus
    • the issue of the battle is undecided: proelium anceps est
    • the issue of the battle is undecided: ancipiti Marte pugnatur
    • the issue of the day was for a long time uncertain: diu anceps stetit pugna