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Some refer it to Latin curvus, others to Ancient Greek κόλπος (kólpos) or from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kerbʰ- (to turn (around), wind) (cognate with scirpus). Compare also Proto-Germanic *kurbaz (basket).



corbis f (genitive corbis); third declension

  1. basket; basketful
    De Tiburtino veniet agro haedulus, qui plus lactis habet quam sanguinis, et montani asparagi. grandia ova adsunt ipsis cum matribus, et uvae servatae parte anni quales fuerant in vitibus, Syriumque pirum, de corbibus et odoris mala recentis.
    From my farm at Tiburtinum comes a baby goat, whose veins hold more milk than blood; mountain asparagus, big eggs, and the mothers that laid them, as well as grapes, preserved for six months, but still as fresh as when they were gathered; baskets of Syrian pears and fresh, sweet-smelling apples.


Third declension, alternative accusative singular in -im, alternative ablative singular in and accusative plural in -īs.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative corbis corbēs
Genitive corbis corbium
Dative corbī corbibus
Accusative corbem
Ablative corbe
Vocative corbis corbēs

Derived termsEdit



  • corbis in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • corbis in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • corbis in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition, 1883–1887)
  • corbis in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • corbis in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • corbis in William Smith, editor (1848) A Dictionary of Greek Biography and Mythology, London: John Murray
  • corbis in William Smith et al., editor (1890) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: William Wayte. G. E. Marindin