dorsum

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Noun[edit]

dorsum (plural dorsa)

  1. (anatomy) The back or dorsal region on an animal.
  2. (geology) A ridge on a hill, or on the surface of a planet or moon.
  3. (astronomy) Theta Capricorni, a star on the back of the Goat
  4. The back of the tongue, used for articulating dorsal consonants.
  5. The top of the foot or the back of the hand.

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Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Italic, with no known cognates in any other Indo-European languages. Has been linked to deorsum, but their contemporaneous use suggests that one was not a phonetic development of the other.[1]

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Noun[edit]

dorsum n (genitive dorsī); second declension

  1. back, part of the body between the neck and buttocks
  2. (figuratively) ridge, summit

Inflection[edit]

Second declension neuter.

Number Singular Plural
nominative dorsum dorsa
genitive dorsī dorsōrum
dative dorsō dorsīs
accusative dorsum dorsa
ablative dorsō dorsīs
vocative dorsum dorsa

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  1. ^ Ramat, The Indo-European Languages