walri

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Formed as walr(us) +‎ -i, the -us of walrus misinterpreted as a nominative singular case ending of a masculine noun of Latin’s second declension; compare walrii.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

walri

  1. (nonstandard, proscribed, uncommon) Misconstructed plural form of walrus.

Usage notes[edit]

  • The plural form *walri is incorrect. Walrus derives from Danish, not Latin; walrus couldn’t be a Latin derivation because Latin does not have the letter ‘w’. The etymologically-consistent plural form is walrusser.