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EtymologyEdit

Borrowing from Latin meretrix

NounEdit

meretrix

  1. A prostitute.

LatinEdit

EtymologyEdit

From mereō (merit, deserve) +‎ -trīx. Literally "she who earns".

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

meretrīx f (genitive meretrīcis); third declension

  1. (slang) prostitute, female prostitute

DeclensionEdit

Third declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative meretrīx meretrīcēs
genitive meretrīcis meretrīcum
dative meretrīcī meretrīcibus
accusative meretrīcem meretrīcēs
ablative meretrīce meretrīcibus
vocative meretrīx meretrīcēs

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ReferencesEdit

  • meretrix in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • meretrix in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • meretrix” in Félix Gaffiot’s Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette (1934)
  • meretrix in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers