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PIE root

From Ancient Greek τῠ́πος ‎(túpos, mark”, “impression”, “type), from τῠ́πτω ‎(túptō, I strike, beat).



typus m ‎(genitive typī); second declension

  1. figure, image
    1. bas-relief
    2. (surveying) ground-plan
    3. (Medieval Latin) a mystical figure or symbol, a prefiguration or portent
  2. type, form, sort, kind
  3. (medicine) form, type, or character of a fever
    1. (Medieval Latin) a periodic fever
  4. (New Latin, numismatics) a coin die
  5. (New Latin) a printing form or font die
    1. (singular only, collectively) literature, printed material, books
    2. (plural only, as typī, typōrum) a printing house, a printery
      Typis Archicœnobii Montis Casini‎ [1]
      from the Printing House of the Archabbey of Monte Cassino
  6. (New Latin, taxonomy, zoology) When it is the specific epithet of a binomial name, indicates it is the type species.


Second declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative typus typī
genitive typī typōrum
dative typō typīs
accusative typum typōs
ablative typō typīs
vocative type typī



  • typus” in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1879.
  • type”, in The Century Dictionary, New York: The Century Co., 1911
  • ty̆pus” on page 1,618/3 of Félix Gaffiot (1934), Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Paris: Hachette.
  • typus (typos)” on page 1,998/3 of the Oxford Latin Dictionary (1st ed., 1968–82)
  • 1. typus” on page 1,028/2 of Jan Frederik Niermeyer’s Mediae Latinitatis Lexicon Minus (1976)
  • typus” in Johann Ramminger’s Neulateinische Wortliste (13.08.04 revision)
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