walrii

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

In imitation of Latin nominative plural forms of nouns ending in ius. Compare fetii and penii.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

walrii

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

Usage notes[edit]

  • The plural form *walrii is doubly incorrect. Firstly, walrus derives from Danish, not Latin. Secondly, even if walrus were a second-declension Latin noun, the plural form would be *walri; in the correct plurals radii and gladii, with which *walrii is analogous, the first ‘i’s are part of the words’ stems (radi- and gladi-), and not their case endings — for *walrii to be the plural, *walrius would need to be the singular; moreover, walrus couldn’t be a Latin derivation because Latin does not have the letter ‘w’.