lacuna

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin lacūna (ditch, gap), diminutive form of lacus (lake).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ləˈkjuː.nə/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ləˈkuː.nə/, /ləˈkjuː.nə/
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Noun[edit]

lacuna (plural lacunae or lacunas)

  1. A small opening; a small pit or depression; a small blank space; a gap or vacancy; a hiatus.
  2. An absent part, especially in a book or other piece of writing, often referring to an ancient manuscript or similar.
  3. (microscopy) A space visible between cells, allowing free passage of light.
  4. (linguistics) A language gap, which occurs when there is no direct translation in the target language for a lexical term found in the source language

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Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin lacuna.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • lacùna
  • IPA(key): /laˈkuna/

Noun[edit]

lacuna f (plural lacune)

  1. gap
  2. blank (space)
  3. lapse (of memory)

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From lacus (basin, tub).

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Noun[edit]

lacūna f (genitive lacūnae); first declension

  1. a hole, pit
  2. an opening, cavity, hollow, cleft
  3. a gap, void, defect

Inflection[edit]

First declension.

Number Singular Plural
nominative lacūna lacūnae
genitive lacūnae lacūnārum
dative lacūnae lacūnīs
accusative lacūnam lacūnās
ablative lacūnā lacūnīs
vocative lacūna lacūnae

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