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From Latin sagitta (arrow).


sagitta (plural sagittas)

  1. The keystone of an arch.
  2. (geometry) The distance from a point in a curve to the chord; also, the versed sine of an arc; so called from its resemblance to an arrow resting on the bow and string.
  3. (anatomy) The larger of the two otoliths, or ear bones, found in most fishes.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for sagitta in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)


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duae sagittae (two arrows)


Unknown etymology. Probably from a pre-Latin Mediterranean language. [1]



sagitta f (genitive sagittae); first declension

  1. arrow, bolt
  2. (medicine) lancet
  3. (botany) arrowhead, a plant of the genus Sagittaria


First declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative sagitta sagittae
genitive sagittae sagittārum
dative sagittae sagittīs
accusative sagittam sagittās
ablative sagittā sagittīs
vocative sagitta sagittae

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  • sagitta in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • sagitta in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • sagitta in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition, 1883–1887)
  • sagitta in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • sagitta in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • sagitta in William Smith et al., editor (1890) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: William Wayte. G. E. Marindin
  1. ^ “saetta” in: Alberto Nocentini, Alessandro Parenti, “l'Etimologico — Vocabolario della lingua italiana”, Le Monnier, 2010, →ISBN