pulcher

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Etymology[edit]

Uncertain. Possibly from earlier polcher, which according to Walde-Hoffman and Pokorny reflects Proto-Indo-European *perḱ- (motley, variegated), with dissimilation *perḱ-ro-s > *pelḱ-ro-s. De Vaan[1] rejects that connection as both irregular and semantically incompatible, and assigns no etymology.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

pulcher m (feminine pulchra, neuter pulchrum); first/second declension

  1. beautiful, fair
  2. (figuratively) noble, honorable, excellent
  3. (substantive) beauty

Inflection[edit]

First/second declension, masculine nominative singular in -er.

Number Singular Plural
Case \ Gender Masculine Feminine Neuter Masculine Feminine Neuter
nominative pulcher pulchra pulchrum pulchrī pulchrae pulchra
genitive pulchrī pulchrae pulchrī pulchrōrum pulchrārum pulchrōrum
dative pulchrō pulchrae pulchrō pulchrīs pulchrīs pulchrīs
accusative pulchrum pulchram pulchrum pulchrōs pulchrās pulchra
ablative pulchrō pulchrā pulchrō pulchrīs pulchrīs pulchrīs
vocative pulcher pulchra pulchrum pulchrī pulchrae pulchra

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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, page 496