saeculum

LatinEdit

Alternative formsEdit

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 with Lithuanian sėkla and Gallic Sētlocenia.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

saeculum n ‎(genitive saeculī); second declension

  1. race, breed
  2. generation, lifetime
  3. age, time
  4. century
  5. worldliness; the world
  6. accusative singular of saeculum
  7. vocative singular of saeculum

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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DescendantsEdit

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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