vetula

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Latin[edit]

Noun[edit]

vetula f (genitive: vetulae)

  1. old woman
    • 1st or 2nd century, Juvenal, Satires, translated by Paul Allen Miller in Latin Verse Satire: An Anthology and Critical Reader, p.381.
      mortua, non vetula ("a dead woman, not an old one")
  2. A corn dolly or small figurine, shaped as an old woman; a term in use among the Druidic pagans of Flanders in the 7th century.
    • 7th century BC, Vita Eligii (The Life of St. Eligius), sermons of St. Eligius, translated by Jo Ann McNamara.[1]
      Nullus in Kalendas Januarii nefanda et ridiculosa, vetulas aut cervulos vel iotticos ("Do not..make vetulas, little deer or iotticos")

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References[edit]

  • Elskens, Etienne, compiler. Latin Words, Genealogical Society of Flemish Americans.[2]
  • Miller, Paul Allen. Latin Verse Satire: An Anthology and Critical Reader, p.380-381. [3]
  • Vita Eligii (The Life of St. Eligius) (in English)[4] - US translation
  • Vita di Eligio, SRM 4, II, 16. (in Latin)[5]
  • Wikipedia:Corn dolly