ensifer

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin ēnsifer (sword-bearing).

Noun[edit]

ensifer (uncountable)

  1. (microbiology) A member of the genus Ensifer, the bacteria family of Rhizobiaceae.

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From ēnsis (sword) + ferō (bear).

Orion depicted as an ensifer (sword-bearer), Uranometria, 1603

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

ēnsifer m (feminine ēnsifera, neuter ēnsiferum); first/second declension

  1. sword-bearing
  2. (substantive) sword-bearer
  3. (substantive) one name of the constellation Orion (like the Ancient Greek ξιφήρης (ksiphērēs))
    • 1835. M. Annaeus Lucanus, Pharsalia (ed. Carolus Hermannus Weise) book 1, line 663 (3.61):
      Ensiferi nimium fulget latus Orionis ?

Inflection[edit]

First/second declension, masculine nominative singular in -er.

Number Singular Plural
Case \ Gender Masculine Feminine Neuter Masculine Feminine Neuter
nominative ēnsifer ēnsifera ēnsiferum ēnsiferī ēnsiferae ēnsifera
genitive ēnsiferī ēnsiferae ēnsiferī ēnsiferōrum ēnsiferārum ēnsiferōrum
dative ēnsiferō ēnsiferae ēnsiferō ēnsiferīs ēnsiferīs ēnsiferīs
accusative ēnsiferum ēnsiferam ēnsiferum ēnsiferōs ēnsiferās ēnsifera
ablative ēnsiferō ēnsiferā ēnsiferō ēnsiferīs ēnsiferīs ēnsiferīs
vocative ēnsifer ēnsifera ēnsiferum ēnsiferī ēnsiferae ēnsifera

References[edit]

  • ensifer in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1879
  • Glossary of Latin Words, Bible History Online. (File retrieved 10-19-07)[1]
  • M. Annaeus Lucanus (1835) Pharsalia (poem).[2]