NOTE: [A&S], [B&H), [C&A], [S&D], [Steph.] and [WIII] are explained in the bibliography.
>¬† ‚Äėderived from.‚Äô
= equal to, the equivalent of; the word(s) after the equal sign are with the same
meaning as either the entry word, or the word(s) preceding the equal sign; note
that on some occasions the equal sign indicates that the following word is a
e.g. Abyssinian and Arabian Tea
= Catha edulis; Black or Japanese Tea = Camellia sinensis; Balm Tea
= Melissa officinalis; Oswego Tea = Monarda didyma; Siberian Tea =
Potentilla rupestris (Uphof 1968).
e.g. Ainsworth & Bisby, ‚ÄėAinsworth
and Bisby‚Äô (as authors).
! see 'exclamation mark' in the body of the dictionary [ = 'seen by the author'].
Presentation of the Verb
The four principle parts of the Latin verb are a bibliographic convention associated with
Latin paradigms generally used in Latin dictionaries, grammars and texts used in teaching.
Latin is an inflected language and, as with the declension of its nouns, its verbs are
conjugated. The noun has five declensions, the verb has four conjugations: 1., 2., 3., 4
(first, second, third, fourth) based on the form of the infinitive (specifically the present
The tenses of the Latin verb are expressed by endings made on:
- the Present stem (the present, future and imperfect tenses) or
- the Perfect (active or passive) stem (the perfect, i.e. present perfect, the future
perfect and pluperfect, i.e. past perfect tenses:
present stem + endings perfect active
stem + endings, etc.
The four principal parts of the Latin verb are:
- the present active indicative, in the first person singular, which always ends
- the perfect active indicative, in the first person singular, which always ends
- the perfect passive participle (ending in -a,-i or vowelless) + -tus,-a,-um),
given in its neuter singular form, -tum, always declined as an A adjective
- the present active infinitive, represented in this dictionary with a numerical sign
(1,2,3,4), rather than its last three letters (1. -are, 2. -Ere,3. -ere, 4. -ire).
- habito,-avi,-atum, 1. to inhabit, dwell; cribro,-avi,-atum, 1., to pass through a
sieve, to sift; fragro,-avi,-atum 1., to emit a pleasant odor;
example: conferruminatus,-a,-um (part.A): fused, joined together [> L. con-ferrumino,
1., to cement, to solder together].
- habeo, habui, habitum 2., to have; oleo,-lui, 2., to smell, to emit a smell, to smell
of anything; pateo,-tui, 2., to stand open, stretch out, extend;
example: patens,-entis (part.B): patent, spreading, outspread, diverging from the
axis at almost 90*; spreading at 45* or more, sometimes used to mean spreading 26-45*
[> L. pateo,-tui, 2., to stand open, stretch out, extend; also to be clear, to be
- cresco,-crevi, cretum 3., to grow; includo, -cludi,-clusum, 3., to shut up, shut in,
enclose; pingo, pinxi, pictum, 3., to paint, stain, color, to represent in a picture;
example: submergens,-entis (part.B): submergent, "Descending from above the water
surface to a point beneath it" (Kiger & Porter 2001) [> L. submergo,-mersi,-mersum 3.,
to plunge under, as in water, to sink];
- capio, capere, cepi, captum 4., to take into the hand, take hold of; to put on
clothing; to seize hold of; to catch hold of; to obtain; to get, obtain; invenio, inveni,
inventum 4., to discover, to find, meet with, ascertain, learn; venio, veni, ventum, 4.,
to come; vestio, -ivi,-itum, 4., to cover with a garment, clothe;
example: apertus,-a,-um (part.A): open, opened, exposed, uncovered; to open an entrance
to, rendered accessible; discovered [> L. aperio,-ire,-erui,-ertum, 4. to uncover, lay bare,
expose to view, reveal; to open what had been shut, to unclose, open up]; opp. clausus,-a,
-um (part.A), closed; cf. hians,-antis (part.B): gaping, open-mouthed.
Note that considerable variation occurs within particular verbs, some principle parts
not known or recorded in classical times, hence omitted from this dictionary. Note also that
often whether the vowel is long or short is important in conjugating the verb in text, but
the macron and micron is not indicated in this text and so the length of the vowel is not
given, for example, the long ‚Äėe‚Äô in the second conjugation, and the short ‚Äėe‚Äô in the third.
Standard Latin grammars and dictionaries must be consulted for further information.
e.g. t., tab. (abbr.): tabula,-ae (s.f.I): plate, illustration.
abl. ablative case.
acc. accusative case.
adj.A, this group of adjectives are
usually called the first and second declension adjectives, their endings in the nominative
singular are generally three: -us,-a,-um (a few end in -er,-era,-erum), corresponding to the
masculine, feminine and neuter genders, and are the same as nouns of the first and second
adj.B, this group of adjectives
are usually called third declension adjectives as they generally use third declension i-stem
noun forms; the ablative singular of all genders of adjectives of this type always end in
-i (usually -e in third declension nouns). Their endings are usually two: the masculine and
feminine are represented by the -is ending in the nominative singular, and the neuter is
represented by -e. Some adjs. of this type have one ending for all three genders.
adj.C, following Stearn (1983),
represents two adjective types deriving from Greek adjectives. These end in -oides or -odes
in all three genera in the nominative singular. Both adjectives end in -e in the abl. sg.
adv. phrase, adverbial phrase.
Aeol., Aeolic, in the Aeolic dialect
of the Greek language.
c. [in dictionaries, sometimes ‚Äėcomm.‚Äô]
of nouns, common (gender), shared, when the gender of the noun is related to and determined by
the actual gender of the person (or plant, animal) referred to by the noun;
e.g. sentis,-is c., oddly enough this word means ‚Äėthorn-bush‚Äô or ‚Äėbriar;‚Äô the gender
of words ending in -cola,-ae c., ‚Äė-dwelling‚Äô depends also on the gender of the creature referred
to: senticola,-ae, ‚Äėbriar-dweller‚Äô may be masculine or feminine; anas,-atis (s.c.III), the
cf. confer (compare);
e.g. caper, gen. sg. capri (s.m.III), abl. sg. capro, a he-goat, a goat (cf. Gk. kapros
(s.m.II), the wild boar): the use of caper in Latin is to be compared with its use in Greek.
comp. compounds, or compound words; in
Gk. comp., ‚Äėin Greek compounds;‚Äô in L. comp.,‚Äô in Latin compounds.‚Äô
compar. comparative,, the form of
adjectives and adverbs that means ‚Äėmore‚Äô of the qualifier; e.g. aculeatus,-a,-um (adj.A),
‚Äėspiney,‚Äô compar. aculeatior,-ius (adj.B), ‚Äėmore spiney, spinier, superl. aculeatissimus,-a,
-um (adj.A) ‚Äėmost spiney, very spiney.‚Äô
NOTE: the comparative: the ending -ior refers
to the masculine and feminine forms of the comparative adjective, the ending -ius refers to the
e.g. rare (adv.) far apart, sparsely, thinly, rarely, compar. rarius
(adv.), ‚Äėmore rarely,‚Äô superl. rarissime (adv.) ‚Äėmost rarely.‚Äô
NOTE: remember that
in Latin adverbs are not declined (they are indeclineable).
dat. dative case.
dim. diminutive, diminutive of;
- capreola,-ae (s.f.I), dim. caprea,-ae (s.f.I), capreola is the diminutive of the noun caprea,
-olus,-a,-um (adj.A) being a diminutive suffix.
ed. editio,-onis (s.f.III): edition,
usually a revision of an initial publication;
e.g. ed. 2, the second edition, ed 3, third
edition; (Ainsworth & Bisby ed 5) = the fifth edition of Ainsworth & Bisby‚Äôs Dictionary of the Fungi.
e.g. exempli gratia, ‚Äėfor the sake of example‚Äô,
for instance, for example.
used esp. of the spores and winter buds of various plants (WIII).
etc. ‚Äėet caetera,‚Äô ‚Äėet cetera,‚Äô ‚Äėand the
rest,‚Äô indicates that a few examples are mentioned or cited out of a series or set;
e.g. caper, tragus, etc. refer to a rank, filthy smell, especially associated with the
f. femine gender, e.g. sectio,-onis
(s.f.III), singular, feminine, third declension.
fo. forma (s.f.I), the subspecific
taxonomic rank ‚Äėform;‚Äô e.g. Abies balsamea (L.) Mill. fo. hudsonia (Jacques)
Fern. & Weath.
fr. from; > = 'derived from'.
gen. genitive case; Pholiota
abietis (gen.sg.), the epithet ‚Äėabietis‚Äô is the genitive singular of abies,-etis
(s.f.III), the fir-tree = ‚Äėthe Pholiota of the fir-tree.‚Äô
I, Roman numeral, indicating a first declension noun.
e.g. aboospora,-ae (s.f.I), singular, feminine, first declension.
II, Roman numeral, indicating a second declension noun.
e.g. lobus,-i (s.m.II), singular, masculine, second declension.
III, Roman numeral, indicating a third declension noun.
e.g. abdomen,-inis (s.n.III), singular, neuter, third declension.
IV, Roman numeral, indicating a fourth declension noun.
e.g. abortus,-us (s.m.IV), singular, neuter, fourth declension.
V, Roman numeral, indicating a fifth declension noun.
e.g. acies,-ei (s.f.V), singular, feminine, fifth declension.
NOTE: the noun is given in its nominative singular form. The letters after the
‚Äėdash‚Äô sign indicate the ending of the genitive singular, from which the forms of all the
other cases can be derived. The form in the ablative singular is usually also given in the
text as an aide to the forms in the other cases.
i.e. id est, ‚Äėthat is‚Äô to clarify a preceding statement just made, to provide an alternative phrasing to a preceding translation;
e.g. cellulae divisiones subeuntes, cells undergoing [i.e. coming under] divisions.
indecl. = indeclinable noun, a noun
spelled the same in all cases; see Indeclinable Noun;
e.g. catechu (indecl. s.n.--),
indeclinable, singular, neuter.
NOTE: in Latin, all adverbs are also not declined.
e.g. prolatus,-a,-um (part.A): extended, elongated, lengthened, enlarged, drawn out towards the poles, prolate (describing pollen) [> L. profero,-tuli,-latum, proferre, irreg. 3]. This is an irregularly conjugated verb of the third conjugation.
ISV: International Scientific
LL. Late Latin.
m. masculine gender;
e.g. alvus,-i (s.m.II), singular, masculine, second declension.
ML Medieval Latin.
n. neuter gender;
e.g. stigma,-atis (s.n.III), singular, neuter, third declension.
NL New or Neo Latin.
nom. nominative case.
obsol. obsolete, the word(s) ‚Äúobsolete, or objectionable, or rarely used in the sense given‚ÄĚ (Lindley).
opp. opposite of, i.e.
the antonym of the entry word, a word meaning the opposite of another word;
- e.g. rarus,-a,-um (adj.A): ‚Äúhaving wide interstices between its parts,
of a loose texture, not thick or dense, thin; opp. densus‚ÄĚ (Lewis & Short); opp.
confertus,-a,-um (part.A), ‚Äėcrammed together;‚Äô of things, (standing) far apart,
here and there, scattered, dispersed, thin, scanty; opp. densus, confertus, solidus;
in small numbers, few, rare (cf. paucus); cf. sparsus,-a,-um (part.A), scattered,
part. participle, a verbal
part. A, the perfect passive
participle of a verb, declined like adj. A.
part. B, the present active
participle of a verb, declined generally like a B adjective.
pr. part. present participle.
q.v. quod videas or quod vide,
‚Äėwhich see;‚Äô following a word indicates to the reader that that word is explained where
it occurs alphabetically elsewhere in the dictionary;
e.g. chin: mentum,-i (s.n.II), q.v.‚Äô indicates that the word ‚Äėmentum‚Äô is explained in its alphabetical place under the letter ‚Äėm.‚Äô
e.g. ambiens, gen. sg. ambientis (reg. part.B): the participle is declined according to the usual rule for B participles (not, e.g., ambiens, gen.sg. ambeuntis).
sc. scilicet (that is to say,
namely) "> L. scire, to know + licet, it is permitted > licere, to be permitted.
'to wit, namely [videlicet]' used before a word that is to be supplied or understood,
especially used when an adjective or participle is used alone, leaving out the noun it
qualifies, but retaining the gender and number of such noun;
e.g. armenium,-ii (s.n. II), abl. sg. armenio: sc. pigmentum: a fine blue
color obtained from an Armenian stone, ultramarine; armenium,-ii (s.n. II), sc. pomum,
e.g. Januarius, sc. mensis (s.m. III), the month January.
e.g. continens,-entis, sc. terra.
superl. superlative, the
form of adjectives and adverbs that means ‚Äėmost,‚Äô or‚Äėvery‚Äô of the qualifier;
e.g. aculeatus,-a,-um (adj.A), ‚Äėspiny,‚Äô compar. aculeatior,-ius (adj.B),
‚Äėmore spiny, spinier, superl. aculeatissimus,-a,-um (adj.A) ‚Äėmost spiny, very
e.g. rare (adv.) far apart, sparsely, thinly, rarely, compar. rarius (adv.),
‚Äėmore rarely,‚Äô superl. rarissime (adv.) ‚Äėmost rarely.‚Äô
syn. synonym, used to refer
to a word with the same or nearly the same meaning as another word, such as the main
entry; occasionally the equal sign (=) is used in its place;
e.g. syn-: in Gk. comp. = gam-, gamo-, q.v.; = L. cum, q.v.
e.g. Dell (English): ‚Äúa small secluded natural hollow or valley usu. covered with trees".
v. vide (see); used to
encourage the reader to consult another word that may be of use or interest; cf. ‚Äėq.v.‚Äô
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