Linus

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Etymology[edit]

From the name of the second pope, Latin Linus, Ancient Greek Λῖνος (Lînos), of uncertain meaning.

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Linus

  1. A male given name.
    • 1611, Bible (Authorized, or King James, Version)[1]: 2 Timothy 4: 21:
      Do thy diligence to come before winter. Eubulus greeteth thee, and Pudens, and Linus, and Claudia, and all the brethren.
    • 2011 Lisa Genova, Left Neglected, Simon and Schuster, ISBN 1439164630, pages 8-9:
      Yes, my children are Peanuts characters. Charlie, seven, and Lucy, five, were given their names without thought or reference to the comic strip. Charlie was named after Bob's grandfather and we both just liked the name Lucy. Then, when I was unexpectedly expecting again, - - -
      "I'd go with Schroeder," a work colleague offered. "No, definitely Linus. Or Woodstock," said another. It was only then that I realized the pattern we'd started with our first two kids. And I liked the name Linus.

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Linus

  1. A male given name, cognate to Linus.

Latin[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From the Ancient Greek Λῖνος (Lînos).

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Linus m (genitive Linī); second declension

  1. Linus (a chiefly male given name), famously held by:
    1. A son of Apollo and Psammate, daughter of Crotopus, king of the Argives; he was given by his mother to the care of shepherds, and one day, being left alone, was torn to pieces by dogs; whereupon Apollo sent into the land a monster which destroyed everything, until slain by Chorœbus.
    2. The son of Apollo and Terpsichore, instructor of Orpheus and Hercules, the latter of whom killed him by a blow with the lyre. (Sextus Propertius confounds him with the preceding. According to others, he was a son of Mercury and Urania, and was killed by Apollo in Eubœa.)
    3. A fountain in Arcadia.

Declension[edit]

Second declension.

Number Singular
nominative Linus
genitive Linī
dative Linō
accusative Linum
ablative Linō
vocative Line

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References[edit]

  • Lĭnus (-os)” in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1879.
  • Lĭnus ou Lĭnŏs” on page 914/1 of Félix Gaffiot’s Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français (1934)
  • Linus (⁓os)” on page 1,034 of the Oxford Latin Dictionary (1st ed., 1968–82)

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Proper noun[edit]

Linus

  1. A male given name, cognate to Linus.