hircus

TranslingualEdit

EtymologyEdit

New Latin, from Latin hircus (goat)

NounEdit

hircus

  1. Used attributively as a species epithet

LatinEdit

EtymologyEdit

Of unknown origin. As with other Indo-European words for "goat", reliable Proto-Indo-European etymon cannot be formally reconstructed. Possibly related or derived from hirtus (hairy, shaggy).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

hircus m (genitive hircī); second declension

  1. a male goat
  2. (by extension) the rank smell of the armpits
  3. (figuratively) a filthy person

DescendantsEdit

InflectionEdit

Second declension.

Number Singular Plural
nominative hircus hircī
genitive hircī hircōrum
dative hircō hircīs
accusative hircum hircōs
ablative hircō hircīs
vocative hirce hircī

SynonymsEdit

Related termsEdit

  • hircīnus
  • Hircipēs
  • hircōsus
  • hirculus

ReferencesEdit

  • hircus in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1879
  • Michiel de Vaan (2008), Etymological Dictionary of Latin and the other Italic Languages, Leiden, Boston: Brill Academic Publishers, page 286
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