See also: pílula

LatinEdit

EtymologyEdit

Diminutive from pila (ball, globe) +‎ -ula, said to be ultimately related to pilus (hair), since the balls used in Ancient Roman games were filled with hair.[1][2]

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

pilula f (genitive pilulae); first declension

  1. A small ball, globule; pellet.
  2. (medicine) A pill.

DeclensionEdit

First-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative pilula pilulae
Genitive pilulae pilulārum
Dative pilulae pilulīs
Accusative pilulam pilulās
Ablative pilulā pilulīs
Vocative pilula pilulae

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DescendantsEdit

  • Catalan: píndola
  • French: pilule
  • Italian: pillola

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ pill”, in The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th edition, Boston, Mass.: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016, →ISBN.
  2. ^ Douglas Harper (2001–2022), “pill”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.