From Proto-Italic *pelnis, from Proto-Indo-European *pel-ni-s (to cover, wrap; skin, hide; cloth). Cognate with Ancient Greek πέλμᾰ (pélma, sole of the foot), Old English fell (fell, skin, hide; garment of skin).



pellis f (genitive pellis); third declension

  1. (zootomy) pelt, felt, hide, animal skin; (poetic) human skin
  2. (transferred sense)
    1. leather
    2. (clothing) garment, article of clothing made of skin
    3. (military) tent for soldiers (because it was covered with skins)
    4. parchment
    5. (music) drum
    6. (mycology) outside of a sporocarp


Third-declension noun (i-stem).

Case Singular Plural
Nominative pellis pellēs
Genitive pellis pellium
Dative pellī pellibus
Accusative pellem pellēs
Ablative pelle pellibus
Vocative pellis pellēs

Derived termsEdit



  • pellis in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • pellis in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • pellis in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • pellis in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • pellis in William Smith et al., editor (1890) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: William Wayte. G. E. Marindin