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EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Latin, a curling iron.

NounEdit

calamistrum ‎(plural calamistra)

  1. (zoology) A comb-like structure on the metatarsus of the hind legs of certain spiders (Ciniflonidae), used to curl certain fibres in the construction of their webs.

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LatinEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

Apparently from Ancient Greek καλάμιστρος(kalámistros, stipula), from κάλαμος(kálamos, reed), referring to the tubular shape of the heated curling irons. Perhaps influenced by Latin instrumental suffix -trum.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

calamistrum n ‎(genitive calamistrī); second declension

  1. curling iron, curling tongs
  2. excessively ornamented words

InflectionEdit

Second declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative calamistrum calamistra
genitive calamistrī calamistrōrum
dative calamistrō calamistrīs
accusative calamistrum calamistra
ablative calamistrō calamistrīs
vocative calamistrum calamistra

ReferencesEdit

  • CALAMISTRUM in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition, 1883–1887)
  • calamistrum in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • calamistrum in William Smith et al., editor (1890) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: William Wayte. G. E. Marindin