mordicus

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FrenchEdit

AdverbEdit

mordicus

  1. tenaciously
  2. obstinately

LatinEdit

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

mordicus m ‎(feminine mordica, neuter mordicum); first/second declension

  1. biting

InflectionEdit

First/second declension.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masculine Feminine Neuter Masculine Feminine Neuter
nominative mordicus mordica mordicum mordicī mordicae mordica
genitive mordicī mordicae mordicī mordicōrum mordicārum mordicōrum
dative mordicō mordicō mordicīs
accusative mordicum mordicam mordicum mordicōs mordicās mordica
ablative mordicō mordicā mordicō mordicīs
vocative mordice mordica mordicum mordicī mordicae mordica

AdverbEdit

mordicus (not comparable)

  1. using the teeth
  2. tenaciously
    • 1663, Hudibras, by Samuel Butler, part 1, canto 1
      The Indians fought for the truth \ Of th' elephant and monkey's tooth; \ And many, to defend that faith, \ Fought it out mordicus to death.

ReferencesEdit

  • mordicus” in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1879.
  • mordicus” in Félix Gaffiot (1934), Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Paris: Hachette.
  • Meissner, Carl; Auden, Henry William (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • to hold fast in the teeth (also metaphorically, obstinately): mordicus tenere aliquid
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