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EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin valva.

NounEdit

valva (plural valvae)

  1. A paired copulatory organ of males in some species of insects that helps the male clasp the female.

ItalianEdit

NounEdit

valva f (plural valve)

  1. (anatomy, zoology) valve, half shell

LatinEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Indo-European *welH- (to turn, wind, round). Cognate with Latin volvō (I roll).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

valva f (genitive valvae); first declension

  1. double or folding door (in plural)
  2. one leaf of such doors

DeclensionEdit

First-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative valva valvae
Genitive valvae valvārum
Dative valvae valvīs
Accusative valvam valvās
Ablative valvā valvīs
Vocative valva valvae

ReferencesEdit

  • valva in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • valva in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • (ambiguous) to barricade a door (a city-gate): valvas (portam) obstruere
  • valva in William Smith, editor (1854, 1857) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography, volume 1 & 2, London: Walton and Maberly

PortugueseEdit

NounEdit

valva f (plural valvas)

  1. (anatomy) valve (membrane which permits passage in one direction)

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SpanishEdit

NounEdit

valva f (plural valvas)

  1. (anatomy) valve