mysterium

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin mystērium.

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Noun[edit]

mysterium (plural mysteria)

  1. (chemistry, alchemy, now historical) Any of various unknown elements thought to make up existing forms of matter, or a substance seen as an elemental or pure form of something else.
    • 2006, Philip Ball, The Devil's Doctor, Arrow 2007, p. 263:
      There are many such mysteria: milk is a mysterium of cheese and butter, and cheese in turn a mysterium of maggots, which were thought to form spontaneously in rotting food.
  2. (astronomy, now historical) The hypothetical source of a galactic radio emission at 1665 megahertz (later identified as due to hydroxyl radicals in interstellar space).

Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek μυστήριον (mustḗrion).

Noun[edit]

mystērium n (genitive mystēriī); second declension

  1. mystery (secret rite or worship)
  2. secret

Inflection[edit]

Second declension neuter.

Number Singular Plural
nominative mystērium mystēria
genitive mystēriī mystēriōrum
dative mystēriō mystēriīs
accusative mystērium mystēria
ablative mystēriō mystēriīs
vocative mystērium mystēria

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Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin.

Noun[edit]

mysterium n (definite singular mysteriet, indefinite plural mysterium, definite plural mysteria)

  1. mystery (something unexplainable)
    Korleis steinen hamna her er eit mysterium.
    How the rock got here is a mystery.

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