From Proto-Italic *feɣʷrwom (belonging to an offering, means of purification), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰégʷʰrwom, from Proto-Indo-European *dʰógʷʰrus (belonging to a burning, an offering), from *dʰegʷʰ- (to burn, warm), cognate with febris.


februum n (genitive februī); second declension

  1. means of purification, expiatory offerings


Second-declension noun (neuter).

Case Singular Plural
Nominative februum februa
Genitive februī februōrum
Dative februō februīs
Accusative februum februa
Ablative februō februīs
Vocative februum februa

Derived termsEdit


  • februum”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • februum in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette
  • februum”, in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • februum”, in William Smith et al., editor (1890) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: William Wayte. G. E. Marindin
  • Pokorny, Julius (1959) Indogermanisches etymologisches Wörterbuch [Indo-European Etymological Dictionary] (in German), volume 1, Bern, München: Francke Verlag, page 269
  • De Vaan, Michiel (2008), “februum”, in Etymological Dictionary of Latin and the other Italic Languages (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 7), Leiden, Boston: Brill, →ISBN, page 208