From Ancient Greek μέταλλον (métallon).



metallum n (genitive metallī); second declension

  1. metal (atomic element or material made of such atoms)
  2. precious metals, especially gold or silver.
  3. mine (place where metals are found)


Second-declension noun (neuter).

Case Singular Plural
Nominative metallum metalla
Genitive metallī metallōrum
Dative metallō metallīs
Accusative metallum metalla
Ablative metallō metallīs
Vocative metallum metalla

Derived termsEdit


  • Albanian: metalet
  • Aragonese: metal
  • Azerbaijani: metal
  • Basque: metal
  • Bavarian: Metall
  • Belarusian: метал (mjetal)
  • Breton: metal
  • Bulgarian: метал (metal)
  • Chuvash: металл (met̬all)


  • metallum”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • metallum”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • metallum in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition with additions by D. P. Carpenterius, Adelungius and others, edited by Léopold Favre, 1883–1887)
  • metallum in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette
  • Carl Meißner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • to have a large income from a thing (e.g. from mines): magnas pecunias ex aliqua re (e.g. ex metallis) facere
    • the public income from the mines: pecunia publica, quae ex metallis redit
  • metallum”, in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • metallum”, in William Smith, editor (1854, 1857) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography, volume 1 & 2, London: Walton and Maberly
  • metallum”, in William Smith et al., editor (1890) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: William Wayte. G. E. Marindin