pectus

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowing from Latin.

NounEdit

pectus (plural pectora)

  1. (anatomy, zoology) The breast, especially of a bird.

Related termsEdit

  • pectus excavatum
  • pectus carinatum

LatinEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Italic *pektos, from Proto-Indo-European. Cognate with Old Irish ucht.[1]

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

pectus n (genitive pectoris); third declension

  1. chest, breast
  2. (figuratively) heart, breast, as the seat of emotion
  3. (figuratively) soul, spirit, mind, understanding
  4. person, individual (as a being of passion)

InflectionEdit

Third declension neuter.

Number Singular Plural
nominative pectus pectora
genitive pectoris pectorum
dative pectorī pectoribus
accusative pectus pectora
ablative pectore pectoribus
vocative pectus pectora

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Michiel de Vaan (2008), Etymological Dictionary of Latin and the other Italic Languages, Leiden, Boston: Brill Academic Publishers
Last modified on 15 February 2014, at 06:07