caudex

EnglishEdit

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EtymologyEdit

From Latin caudex (tree trunk”, “tree stem); compare codex.[1]

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NounEdit

caudex (plural caudices)[1]

  1. (botany)[1] An enlargement of the stem, branch or root of a woody plant, usually serving to store water.

Related termsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 ‖caudex” listed in the Oxford English Dictionary [2nd Ed.; 1989]

LatinEdit

EtymologyEdit

Uncertain, but some have connected it to Proto-Indo-European *h₃osk- (ash tree), the same source as Welsh onnen, Latin ornus (wild mountain ash), Lithuanian úosis, Russian ясень (jasenʹ, jásen’), Albanian ah (beech), Ancient Greek ὀξύα (oksua, beech), Old Armenian հացի (hacʿi). The connection stems from the assumption that Indo-Europeans used hollowed out ash trees as boats and skiffs.[1]

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NounEdit

caudex m (genitive caudicis); third declension

  1. A tree trunk, stump.
  2. A bollard; post.
  3. A book, writing; notebook, account book.
  4. (pejorative) A bollard, blockhead, idiot.

InflectionEdit

Third declension.

Number Singular Plural
nominative caudex caudicēs
genitive caudicis caudicum
dative caudicī caudicibus
accusative caudicem caudicēs
ablative caudice caudicibus
vocative caudex caudicēs

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Schrader, Prehistoric antiquities of the Aryan peoples: a manual of comparative philology and the earliest culture
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