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Pingos in the Northwest Territories, Canada.
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Etymology 1Edit

From Greenlandic or Inuktitut pingu (small hill).


pingo (plural pingos or pingoes)

  1. (geomorphology) A conical mound with an ice core (that is, a mound of earth-covered ice), particularly if lasting more than a year; caused by permafrost uplift.
    • 1973, Permafrost: North American Contribution [to The] Second International Conference:
      Considerable progress has been made on the discovery and mapping of many open system pingos in central Alaska and Yukon Territory, as well as the discovery of pingo-like mounds in the shallow waters of the Beaufort Sea north of the mouth of the Mackenzie River.
    • 1987, Antarctica: Soils, Weathering Processes and Environment, page 106:
      Larger scale frost-heave features, such as pingoes, are rare because there is insufficient water available, generally, for the growth of large ice bodies.
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Etymology 2Edit

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pingo (plural pingoes)

  1. (obsolete) In Sri Lanka, a carrying pole.
    • 1861, James Emerson Tennent, Sketches of the natural history of Ceylon with narratives and anecdotes:
      This done, he took up the pingo and moved away from the spot; but at a distance of about a fathom or two, laid it down again, and ripping open one of the bundles, took out of it all the contents, somans, cambāyas, handkerchiefs, and several pieces of white cambrick cloth, all which he tore to small pieces, and flung them wildly here and there. He did the same with all the other pingoes.
    • 1891, The Journal of the Ceylon Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain & Ireland, volume 10:
      The Gańga-vaṇṣa minissu are the washers of the Oliya caste, who are not only a low caste, but come below the Paduvó and Berawáyó, and are the only caste who will carry the pingoes of the smiths.
    • 1907, Coconut Planter's Manual, Or, All about "the Coconut Palm":
      The stem of the leaf, for fences, for pingoes (or yokes) for carrying burthens on the shoulders, for fishing rods, and innumerable domestic utensils.
    • 1908, Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy, Mediæval Sinhalese Art, page 206:
      Ceremonial pingoes may also be silver tipped, as in the case of a beautiful example []





pingo n

  1. pingo




From Proto-Indo-European *peyḱ- (spot, color), whence Ancient Greek ποικίλος (poikílos, spotted, embroidered), Proto-Slavic *pьstrъ (pestrý in Czech). Pokorny also links to the root: πικρός (pikrós, sharp, keen), Proto-Slavic *pьsati (paint, write) (see Czech psát, Russian пятно́ (pjatnó),писать (pisatʹ) etc.), Proto-Germanic *faihaz (spotted), hence Old English fāh, Scottish faw.



pingō (present infinitive pingere, perfect active pinxī, supine pictum); third conjugation

  1. I decorate or embellish
  2. I paint, tint or colour
    pingere capillum
    to dye one's hair
  3. I portray


   Conjugation of pingo (third conjugation)
indicative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present pingō pingis pingit pingimus pingitis pingunt
imperfect pingēbam pingēbās pingēbat pingēbāmus pingēbātis pingēbant
future pingam pingēs pinget pingēmus pingētis pingent
perfect pinxī pinxistī pinxit pinximus pinxistis pinxērunt, pinxēre
pluperfect pinxeram pinxerās pinxerat pinxerāmus pinxerātis pinxerant
future perfect pinxerō pinxeris pinxerit pinxerimus pinxeritis pinxerint
passive present pingor pingeris, pingere pingitur pingimur pingiminī pinguntur
imperfect pingēbar pingēbāris, pingēbāre pingēbātur pingēbāmur pingēbāminī pingēbantur
future pingar pingēris, pingēre pingētur pingēmur pingēminī pingentur
perfect pictus + present active indicative of sum
pluperfect pictus + imperfect active indicative of sum
future perfect pictus + future active indicative of sum
subjunctive singular plural
first second third first second third
active present pingam pingās pingat pingāmus pingātis pingant
imperfect pingerem pingerēs pingeret pingerēmus pingerētis pingerent
perfect pinxerim pinxerīs pinxerit pinxerīmus pinxerītis pinxerint
pluperfect pinxissem pinxissēs pinxisset pinxissēmus pinxissētis pinxissent
passive present pingar pingāris, pingāre pingātur pingāmur pingāminī pingantur
imperfect pingerer pingerēris, pingerēre pingerētur pingerēmur pingerēminī pingerentur
perfect pictus + present active subjunctive of sum
pluperfect pictus + imperfect active subjunctive of sum
imperative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present pinge pingite
future pingitō pingitō pingitōte pinguntō
passive present pingere pingiminī
future pingitor pingitor pinguntor
non-finite forms active passive
present perfect future present perfect future
infinitives pingere pinxisse pictūrus esse pingī pictus esse pictum īrī
participles pingēns pictūrus pictus pingendus
verbal nouns gerund supine
nominative genitive dative/ablative accusative accusative ablative
pingere pingendī pingendō pingendum pictum pictū

Derived termsEdit



  • pingo in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • pingo in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • pingo” in Félix Gaffiot’s Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette (1934)
  • pingo in Ramminger, Johann (accessed 16 July 2016) Neulateinische Wortliste: Ein Wörterbuch des Lateinischen von Petrarca bis 1700[1], pre-publication website, 2005-2016
  • Pokorny *peik



Back-formation from pingar.


pingo m (plural pingos)

  1. a drop
  2. a jot
  3. (Portugal, regional) espresso with milk, similar to a cortado
  4. (Brazil, typography) a small dot that is part of a letter, a tittle

Related termsEdit



  1. first-person singular present indicative of pingar