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Pronunciation edit

Contraction edit


  1. Contraction of ecce eum (“behold him”, “here he is”).

Usage notes edit

Became a remarkably productive deictic prefix in Proto-Romance; see below. Many descendant forms of these derived terms have an initial a- rather than e-, this was a result of contamination from a preceding atque as shown in early Latin literature of Plautus and Terence.

Derived terms edit

Descendants edit

  • Italian: ecco vecco (Tuscan) vecchelo (Arezzo)
  • Old Occitan: ec vec, bec, beg, bet, beps
  • Sardinian: eccu

References edit

Further reading edit

  • eccum”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • eccum”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • eccum in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette