basium

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Indo-European *bu, cognate with English buss; cf. also Persian بوس (bus, kiss).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

bāsium n (genitive bāsiī); second declension

  1. kiss, especially of the hand
    • Phaedre 5, 8, 28
      Jactat basia tibicen.
      Throws kisses of the hand.
    • Catullus Carm. 5
      Da mi basia mille, deinde centum.
      Give me a thousand kisses, then a hundred.

Inflection[edit]

Second declension neuter.

Number Singular Plural
nominative bāsium bāsia
genitive bāsiī bāsiōrum
dative bāsiō bāsiīs
accusative bāsium bāsia
ablative bāsiō bāsiīs
vocative bāsium bāsia

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References[edit]

  • basium in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1879
  • Pokorny *bu