ancilla

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin ancilla (maid, slave-girl).

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Noun[edit]

ancilla (plural ancillae)

  1. A maid.
    • 1969, Vladimir Nabokov, Ada or Ardor, Penguin 2011, p. 306:
      ‘And pass me that towel,’ added Ada, but the ancilla was picking up coins she had dropped in her haste [...].
  2. An auxiliary or accessory
    • 2009 January 23, Ryo Okamoto et al., “An Entanglement Filter[1], Science, volume 323, number 5913, DOI:10.1126/science.1167182: 
      The filter achieves this two-qubit filtering effect by using two ancilla photons as probes that detect whether or not the two input photons are in the desired states.

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Diminutive of ancula (maid).

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Noun[edit]

ancilla f (genitive ancillae); first declension

  1. maid, slave-girl
  2. vocative singular of ancilla

ancillā

  1. ablative singular of ancilla

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First declension.

Number Singular Plural
nominative ancilla ancillae
genitive ancillae ancillārum
dative ancillae ancillīs
accusative ancillam ancillās
ablative ancillā ancillīs
vocative ancilla ancillae

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