Alternative formsEdit


From Proto-Indo-European *gel- (form into a ball; ball) or from *gley- (to stick; to spread, to smear).(This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium. Particularly: “citation for *gel-, *gley-”) Or, as preferred by De Vaan, perhaps related to Latin grānum (grain, kernel), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵr̥h₂-nóm (matured, grown old); as pointed out, this depends on a different evolution of the IE semantics: to decay, rather than to ripen.


glārea f (genitive glāreae); first declension

  1. gravel


First-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative glārea glāreae
Genitive glāreae glāreārum
Dative glāreae glāreīs
Accusative glāream glāreās
Ablative glāreā glāreīs
Vocative glārea glāreae

Derived termsEdit


  • Aragonese: glera
  • Asturian: llera
  • Catalan: glera, llera
  • Friulian: glerie
  • Lombard: gera
  • Italian: ghiaia, ghiara


  • glarea in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • glarea in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • glarea in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • Carl Meißner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • to make a gravel path: substruere viam glarea (Liv. 41. 27)
  • Zair, Nicholas (2013), “Latin glārea ‘gravel’”, in Historische Sprachforschung / Historical Linguistics (in German), volume 126, DOI:10.2307/43857945, pages 280–286