saeculum

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EtymologyEdit

Possibly from Proto-Indo-European *seh₁- ‎(to sow). Or, from *sh₂ey- ‎(to bind, knit, tie together, tie to, connect) + *-tlom ‎(instrumental suffix) (whence Latin -culum), in the sense of successive generations being linked together over time. Confer Lithuanian sėkla and Gaulish Sētlocenia.

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NounEdit

saeculum n ‎(genitive saeculī); second declension

  1. race, breed
  2. generation, lifetime
  3. age, time
  4. century
  5. worldliness; the world

InflectionEdit

Second declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative saeculum saecula
genitive saeculī saeculōrum
dative saeculō saeculīs
accusative saeculum saecula
ablative saeculō saeculīs
vocative saeculum saecula

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ReferencesEdit

  • Calvert Watkins, The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo-European Roots, Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1985, page 61, root sē-
  • Tucker, T.G., Etymological Dictionary of Latin, Ares Publishers, 1976 (reprint of 1931 edition).
  • Andrew L. Sihler (1995) New Comparative Grammar of Greek and Latin, New York, Oxford, Oxford University Press
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