pectus

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Latin.

Noun[edit]

pectus (plural pectora)

  1. (anatomy, zoology) The breast, especially of a bird.

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Italic *pektos, from Proto-Indo-European. Cognate with Old Irish ucht.[1]

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Noun[edit]

pectus n (genitive pectoris); third declension

  1. chest, breast
  2. (figuratively) heart, breast, as the seat of emotion
  3. (figuratively) soul, spirit, mind, understanding
  4. person, individual (as a being of passion)

Inflection[edit]

Third declension neuter.

Number Singular Plural
nominative pectus pectora
genitive pectoris pectorum
dative pectorī pectoribus
accusative pectus pectora
ablative pectore pectoribus
vocative pectus pectora

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Michiel de Vaan (2008), Etymological Dictionary of Latin and the other Italic Languages, Leiden, Boston: Brill Academic Publishers