scirpus

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Latin[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Indo-European *(s)kerbh- (to turn (around), wind), cognate with corbis (basket), Ancient Greek κάρφος (kárphos), Old Church Slavonic крабии (krabii): Russian коробка (korobka, box), Czech krabice.

The figurative sense derives from the plaiting of rushes to make intricate patterns.

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Noun[edit]

scirpus m (genitive scirpī); second declension

  1. a rush, bulrush
  2. (figuratively) riddle, enigma

Inflection[edit]

Second declension.

Number Singular Plural
nominative scirpus scirpī
genitive scirpī scirpōrum
dative scirpō scirpīs
accusative scirpum scirpōs
ablative scirpō scirpīs
vocative scirpe scirpī

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References[edit]

  • scirpus in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1879