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EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin mystērium.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

mysterium (plural mysteria)

  1. (chemistry, alchemy, now historical) Any of various unknown elements thought to make up existing forms of matter, or a substance seen as an elemental or pure form of something else.
    • 2006, Philip Ball, The Devil's Doctor, Arrow 2007, p. 263:
      There are many such mysteria: milk is a mysterium of cheese and butter, and cheese in turn a mysterium of maggots, which were thought to form spontaneously in rotting food.
  2. (astronomy, now historical) The hypothetical source of a galactic radio emission at 1665 megahertz (later identified as due to hydroxyl radicals in interstellar space).

LatinEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Ancient Greek μῠστήρῐον (mustḗrion).

NounEdit

mystērium n (genitive mystēriī or mystērī); second declension

  1. mystery (secret rite or worship)
  2. secret

DeclensionEdit

Second-declension noun (neuter).

Case Singular Plural
Nominative mystērium mystēria
Genitive mystēriī
mystērī1
mystēriōrum
Dative mystēriō mystēriīs
Accusative mystērium mystēria
Ablative mystēriō mystēriīs
Vocative mystērium mystēria

1Found in older Latin (until the Augustan Age).

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DescendantsEdit

  • French: mystère
  • Spanish: misterio

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Norwegian BokmålEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin mystērium, from Ancient Greek μυστήριον (mustḗrion).

NounEdit

mysterium n (definite singular mysteriet, indefinite plural mysterier, definite plural mysteria or mysteriene)

  1. a mystery

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Norwegian NynorskEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin mystērium, from Ancient Greek μυστήριον (mustḗrion).

NounEdit

mysterium n (definite singular mysteriet, indefinite plural mysterium, definite plural mysteria)

  1. mystery (something unexplainable)
    Korleis steinen hamna her er eit mysterium.
    How the rock got here is a mystery.

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