From Proto-Indo-European *(s)kel (“cut”). Cognate with Ancient Greek γλύφω (gluphō, “to hollow out, grave”); also with scalpo, which in turn is closely related to γλάφω (glaphō).
present active sculpō, present infinitive sculpere, perfect active sculpsī, supine sculptum
- I carve, chisel (in stone, metal, or wood); I fashion by sculpting.
This verb has only limited passive conjugation; only third-person passive forms are attested in surviving sources.
- ^ Julius Pokorny *(s)kel
- ^ sculpo in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1879