Feminine of vetulus (old man).



vetula f (genitive vetulae); first declension

  1. old woman
    • 1st or 2nd century, Juvenal, Satires, translated by Paul Allen Miller in Latin Verse Satire: An Anthology and Critical Reader, p.381.
      mortua, non vetula ("a dead woman, not an old one")
  2. a corn dolly or small figurine, shaped as an old woman; a term in use among the Druidic pagans of Flanders in the 7th century
    • 7th century BC, Vita Eligii (The Life of St. Eligius), sermons of St. Eligius, translated by Jo Ann McNamara.[1]
      Nullus in Kalendas Januarii nefanda et ridiculosa, vetulas aut cervulos vel iotticos ("Do not..make vetulas, little deer or iotticos")


First-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative vetula vetulae
Genitive vetulae vetulārum
Dative vetulae vetulīs
Accusative vetulam vetulās
Ablative vetulā vetulīs
Vocative vetula vetulae


  • vetula in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition with additions by D. P. Carpenterius, Adelungius and others, edited by Léopold Favre, 1883–1887)
  • Elskens, Etienne, compiler. Latin Words, Genealogical Society of Flemish Americans.[2]
  • Miller, Paul Allen. Latin Verse Satire: An Anthology and Critical Reader, p.380-381. [3]
  • Vita Eligii (The Life of St. Eligius) (in English)[4] - US translation
  • Vita di Eligio, SRM 4, II, 16. (in Latin)[5]
  •   Corn dolly on Wikipedia.Wikipedia