Latin cucullus (hood)


cucullus (plural cuculli)

  1. (botany) A hood-shaped organ, resembling a cowl or monk's hood, as of certain concave and arched sepals or petals.
  2. (zoology) A colour marking or structure on the head somewhat resembling a hood.


Alternative formsEdit


A reduplicative form of Proto-Indo-European *kuH-l-, zero-grade without s-mobile form of *(s)kewH- (to cover). Cognates include Latin cūlus, Old Irish cúl (bottom), Lithuanian kẽvalas (skin, cover) and indirectly Old English hȳd (English hide). Related to obscūrus (dark, obscure) and cutis (hide).



cucūllus m (genitive cucūllī); second declension

  1. a covering for the head, hood, cowl
  2. a conical wrapper or case


Second-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative cucūllus cucūllī
Genitive cucūllī cucūllōrum
Dative cucūllō cucūllīs
Accusative cucūllum cucūllōs
Ablative cucūllō cucūllīs
Vocative cucūlle cucūllī

Derived termsEdit


  • Catalan: cogoll
  • French: coule
  • Greek: κουκούλα (koukoúla)
  • Italian: cogolo
  • Old English: cugele, cūle


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