aspis

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English[edit]

Vase showing hoplites bearing aspides.

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek ἀσπίς (aspís)

Noun[edit]

aspis (plural aspides)

  1. A type of round shield borne by ancient Greek soldiers
    • 1963, William Kurtz Wimsatt, What to Say About a Poem and Other Essays[1], page 39:
      "shield both large and tough" has never said that aspides are small and weak []
  2. (archaic) An asp or generic venomous snake
    • 1588, Robert Greene, “The History of Dorastus and Fawnia”, in Pandosto: The Triumph of Time[2], published 1907:
      Flesh dipped in the sea Ægeum will never be sweet; the herb Trigion being once bit with an aspis never groweth, and conscience once stained with innocent blood is always tied to a guilty remorse.
  3. (palynology) A prominent ring of thickened exine around a pore on a pollen grain
    • 1974, Eugene Cecil Ogden, Manual for Sampling Airborne Pollen[3], ISBN 0028498208, page 128:
      As might be expected, characters of the aspides themselves are not of much value in pollen identification, but they are easily recognized and many three-pored, aspidate grains are broadly categorized as "betuloid" in studies of airborne pollen.

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Noun[edit]

aspis m

  1. plural form of aspi

Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek ἀσπίς (aspís, round shield or asp).

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Noun[edit]

aspis f (genitive aspidis); third declension

  1. asp (venomous snake)
  2. viper

Inflection[edit]

Third declension.

Number Singular Plural
nominative aspis aspidēs
genitive aspidis aspidum
dative aspidī aspidibus
accusative aspidem aspidēs
ablative aspide aspidibus
vocative aspis aspidēs