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Latin teruncius

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teruncius (plural teruncii)

  1. (historical) An ancient Roman coin worth one quarter of an as.

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    Cardinal: quattuor
    Ordinal: quārtus
    Adverbial: quater
    Multiplier: quadruplex, quadruplus
    Distributive: quaternus, quadrīnus
    Collective: quaterniō
    Fractional: quadrāns, teruncius

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Etymology edit

Substantivisation of the otherwise-unattested adjective *teruncius (of three twelfths) in elliptical use for the phrase nummus teruncius (a three-twelfths coin), the adjective deriving from ter (thrice) +‎ uncia (a twelfth) +‎ -us (suffix forming adjectives).

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Noun edit

terū̆ncius m (genitive terū̆nciī or terū̆ncī); second declension

  1. a bronze coin valued at three unciae or one-quarter of an as, a “farthing
    1. (transferred sense) something of negligible value, a trifle
  2. (of inheritances, in the phrase ex terunciō) a fourth part, a quarter

Declension edit

Second-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative terū̆ncius terū̆nciī
Genitive terū̆nciī
terū̆ncī1
terū̆nciōrum
Dative terū̆nciō terū̆nciīs
Accusative terū̆ncium terū̆nciōs
Ablative terū̆nciō terū̆nciīs
Vocative terū̆ncie terū̆nciī

1Found in older Latin (until the Augustan Age).

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