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Latin, a bolt.


pessulus (plural pessuli)

  1. (anatomy) A delicate bar of cartilage connecting the dorsal and ventral extremities of the first pair of bronchial cartilages in the syrinx of birds.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for pessulus in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)


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From Ancient Greek πάσσαλος (pássalos), from Proto-Indo-European *peh₂ǵ- (whence pangō).


pessulus m (genitive pessulī); second declension

  1. a bolt (of a door)


Second declension.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative pessulus pessulī
Genitive pessulī pessulōrum
Dative pessulō pessulīs
Accusative pessulum pessulōs
Ablative pessulō pessulīs
Vocative pessule pessulī



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