cippus

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Latin, stake, post.

Noun[edit]

cippus (plural cippuses or cippi)

Funerary cippus from Sidon
  1. A small, low pillar, square or round, commonly having an inscription, used by the ancients for various purposes, as for indicating the distances of places, for a landmark, for sepulchral inscriptions, etc.
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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.


Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Some offer connection with Latin Scipiō and Ancient Greek σκήπτω (skḗptō) from Proto-Indo-European *skap-, whence also Latin scāpus, scamnum, English shaft.

Alternative forms[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

cippus m (genitive cippī); second declension

  1. stake, post
  2. gravestone, tombstone
  3. landmark, boundary marker
  4. (military, in the plural) bulwark of sharpened stakes

Inflection[edit]

Second declension.

Number Singular Plural
nominative cippus cippī
genitive cippī cippōrum
dative cippō cippīs
accusative cippum cippōs
ablative cippō cippīs
vocative cippe cippī

Descendants[edit]

References[edit]

  • cippus in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1879