musca

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See also: muşca, muscă, muscã, and Musca

Latin[edit]

musca (a fly)

Etymology[edit]

From a Proto-Indo-European root *mus-, *mu-, *mew-. Cognates with the Sanskrit [script needed] (makshikà), Old Church Slavonic моуха (muxa), and the Ancient Greek μυῖα (muîa, a fly) of which μυἱσκα (mhuiska) may be a diminutive form. Confer the German Mücke (mosquito) and English midge and mosquito (the latter is from Spanish, and it is a diminutive of mosca, from Latin musca).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

musca f (genitive muscae); first declension

  1. a fly (insect)
    Puer, abige muscas.
    Repel those flies, boy.
  2. (transferred meaning) an inquisitive or prying people

Inflection[edit]

First declension.

Number Singular Plural
nominative musca muscae
genitive muscae muscārum
dative muscae muscīs
accusative muscam muscās
ablative muscā muscīs
vocative musca muscae

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Romanian[edit]

Noun[edit]

musca f (singular, nominative/accusative, definite form of muscă)

  1. the fly