Belgae

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin Belgae, an Iron-Age European group of tribes located between the rivers Seine and Rhine.

Noun[edit]

Belgae pl (plural only)

  1. (historical) A group of tribes living in northern Gaul, between the English Channel and the west bank of the Rhine, from at least the 3rd century BC.

References[edit]

  • Pokorny, Julius, "The pre-Celtic inhabitants of Ireland", Celtic, DIAS, 1960 (reprint 1983), p. 231.

Anagrams[edit]

Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Celtic *belg-, *bolg- (to swell (with anger)), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰelǵʰ- (to bulge, swell), thus meaning "People who swell (with fury/anger)." Also see Old English belgan and Dutch gebelgd.

Pronunciation[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

Belgae m pl (genitive Belgārum); first declension

  1. Belgae; a group of tribes of northern Gaul

Declension[edit]

First-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative Belga Belgae
Genitive Belgae Belgārum
Dative Belgae Belgīs
Accusative Belgam Belgās
Ablative Belgā Belgīs
Vocative Belga Belgae

Usually plural, but the singular "Belga" is found in Lucan's Bellum Civile (1.426).

Derived terms[edit]

References[edit]

  • Belgae”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • Belgae in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette
  • Belgae”, in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers