zephirum
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LatinEdit
EtymologyEdit
First used in 1202 by Italian mathematician Leonardo Fibonacci, borrowed from Arabic صِفْر (ṣifr, “nothing”, “cipher”). Not related to zephyrus.
PronunciationEdit
- (Ecclesiastical) IPA^{(key)}: /ˈze.fi.rum/, [ˈd͡zeː.fi.rum]
NounEdit
zephirum n (genitive zephirī); second declension
- (Medieval Latin, mathematics) zero
- 1202, Leonardo Fibonacci, chapter I, in 'Liber Abaci':
- Cum his itaque novem figuris, et cum hoc signo 0, quod arabice zephirum appellatur, scribitur quilibet numerus, […]
- With these nine figures, and with this sign 0, which is called zero in Arabic, any number can be written, […]
DeclensionEdit
Case | Singular | Plural |
---|---|---|
Nominative | zephirum | zephira |
Genitive | zephirī | zephirōrum |
Dative | zephirō | zephirīs |
Accusative | zephirum | zephira |
Ablative | zephirō | zephirīs |
Vocative | zephirum | zephira |
Related termsEdit
- cifra f
DescendantsEdit
- New Latin: zerum