EnglishEdit

 
The first three notes in this chant are represented by puncta.

EtymologyEdit

From Latin pūnctum.

NounEdit

punctum (plural puncta)

  1. (anatomy) A sharp tip of any part of the anatomy; a point or other small area.
    • 1861, The Annals and Magazine of Natural History: Zoology, Botany, and Geology
      Thus, from what has been stated, we see that neither the white puncta nor the minute white branchwork of lines were ever tubular.
  2. (music) A neume representing a single tone.

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LatinEdit

EtymologyEdit

Neuter form of pūnctus, the perfect passive participle of pungō (to prick, puncture).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

pūnctum n (genitive pūnctī); second declension

  1. (also grammar, mathematics) point
  2. puncture
  3. moment
  4. small portion
  5. an affirmative vote, suffrage, ballot
  6. (poetry) applause, approbation

DeclensionEdit

Second-declension noun (neuter).

Case Singular Plural
Nominative pūnctum pūncta
Genitive pūnctī pūnctōrum
Dative pūnctō pūnctīs
Accusative pūnctum pūncta
Ablative pūnctō pūnctīs
Vocative pūnctum pūncta

SynonymsEdit

DescendantsEdit

  • Asturian: puntu
  • Catalan: punt
  • Danish: punkt
  • Dutch: punt
  • English: point, punctum
  • French: point
  • Friulian: pont
  • Galician: punto
  • German: Punkt
  • Hungarian: pont
  • Irish: ponc

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