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Borrowed from Latin capitulum. Doublet of chapiter and chapter.


capitulum (plural capitula)

  1. (botany) A densely clustered inflorescence composed of a large number of individual florets arising from a platform-like base.
  2. (arachnology) The head-like mouthpart apparatus of a tick, including the palpi, mandibles, and hypostome.
  3. (anatomy) A small protuberance on a bone which articulates into another bone to form a ball-and-socket joint.
  4. (entomology, obsolete) The enlarged end of a proboscis.




Alternative formsEdit

  • (part or division of a writing): cap., c.


From caput (head) +‎ -ulum (diminutive suffix).



capitulum n (genitive capitulī); second declension (Diminutive of caput)

  1. A head-like object or structure.
  2. (Late Latin) A chapter, either:
    1. A prominent section or formal division of a text.
    2. Various civic and ecclesiastical councils or bodies, as cathedral chapters.


Second-declension noun (neuter).

Case Singular Plural
Nominative capitulum capitula
Genitive capitulī capitulōrum
Dative capitulō capitulīs
Accusative capitulum capitula
Ablative capitulō capitulīs
Vocative capitulum capitula


  • (Late Latin: prominent part or division of a writing): caput

Derived termsEdit



  • capitulum in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • capitulum in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • capitulum in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition with additions by D. P. Carpenterius, Adelungius and others, edited by Léopold Favre, 1883–1887)
  • capitulum in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • capitulum in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • capitulum in Ramminger, Johann (accessed 16 July 2016) Neulateinische Wortliste: Ein Wörterbuch des Lateinischen von Petrarca bis 1700[1], pre-publication website, 2005-2016
  • capitulum in William Smith, editor (1854, 1857) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography, volume 1 & 2, London: Walton and Maberly
  • capitulum in William Smith et al., editor (1890) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: William Wayte. G. E. Marindin