ambo

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Late Latin ambō, from Ancient Greek ἄμβων (ambon).

Noun[edit]

ambo (plural ambos or ambones)

  1. A raised platform in an early Christian church, as well as in the Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, and Eastern Catholic churches.
    • 1918, ‘It will get better somehow,’ he thought, and went to the ambo. On going up the steps and turning to the right he saw the priest. — Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina, tr. Louise & Aylmer Maude (Oxford 1998, page 438)
    • 1997, the Emperor arrived and instead of moving directly to his seat climbed to the top level of the ambo, the great three-decker pulpit of polychrome marble. — John Julius Norwich, A Short History of Byzantium (Penguin 1998, page 150)
  2. (Roman Catholicism) A stationary podium used for readings and homilies.
    • 2010, The dignity of the Word of God requires that in the church there be a suitable place from which it may be proclaimed and toward which the attention of the faithful naturally turns during the Liturgy of the Word. It is appropriate that generally this place be a stationary ambo and not simply a movable lectern. (General Instruction of the Roman Missal, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops 2011, #309)
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Etymology 2[edit]

Shortening of ambulance + -o.

Noun[edit]

ambo (plural ambos)

  1. (informal) An ambulance driver.
  2. (informal) An ambulance.
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ambo (invariable)

  1. both

Noun[edit]

ambo m (plural ambi)

  1. double (in various games)

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Indo-European *ambhi (round about, around), probably an ablative plural of *ant-bhi (from both sides), from *h₂énti, locative singular of the root noun *h₂ent- (front, front side). Cognates include Ancient Greek ἀντί (ánti, opposite) and Ancient Greek ἀμφί (ámphi, both, facing) ex. amphibious, amphitheater or ἀμφό (ámpho, both, facing) ex.amphora, amphoteric, Sanskrit अन्ति (ánti), Old Armenian ընդ (ənd), Tocharian B ānte, and Old English ende (English end).

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ambō m (feminine ambae, neuter ambō)

  1. both (of objects occurring in pairs)
  2. the two (when the duality of the objects is assumed to be known)

Inflection[edit]

Irregular. (Note: the word "ambo", by definition, has no singular.)

Number Plural
Case \ Gender Masculine Feminine Neuter
nominative ambō ambae ambō
genitive ambōrum ambārum ambōrum
dative ambōbus ambābus ambōbus
accusative ambōs / ambō ambās ambō
ablative ambōbus ambābus ambōbus

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Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin ambo

Noun[edit]

ambo m (plural ambos)

  1. (Argentina, Chile) suit

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