culus

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Indo-European *kuH-l-, zero-grade without s-mobile form of *(s)kewH- (to cover). Cognates include Old Irish cúl (bottom), Lithuanian kẽvalas (skin, cover) and indirectly Old English hȳd (English hide). Related to obscūrus (dark, obscure) and cutis (hide).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

cūlus m (genitive cūlī); second declension

  1. (vulgar) The anus, arse; the posterior, buttocks
    • c. 84 BCE – 54 BCE, Catullus, Carmina 97, (translation adapted by H.J.Walker, which can be viewed here)
      Non (ita me di ament) quicquam referre putaui,
      utrumne os an culum olfacerem Aemilio.
      I swear by the gods I didn't think it mattered one straw,
      whether I sniffed Aemilius's head or his arse.

Inflection[edit]

Second declension.

Number Singular Plural
nominative cūlus cūlī
genitive cūlī cūlōrum
dative cūlō cūlīs
accusative cūlum cūlōs
ablative cūlō cūlīs
vocative cūle cūlī

Descendants[edit]