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Latin. See peculiar.


peculium (plural peculia)

  1. (law, historical) The savings of a son or a slave, with the father's or master's consent; a little property or stock of one's own.
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  2. A special fund for private and personal uses.
    • Sir Walter Scott
      A slight peculium only subtracted to supply his snuff box and tobacco pouch.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.



pecūlium n (genitive pecūliī); second declension

  1. private property (originally in the form of cattle, but later in the form of savings)


Second declension neuter.

Number Singular Plural
nominative pecūlium pecūlia
genitive pecūliī pecūliōrum
dative pecūliō pecūliīs
accusative pecūlium pecūlia
ablative pecūliō pecūliīs
vocative pecūlium pecūlia

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