Vulcanus

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German[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin Vulcanus. See Vulkan for more.

Pronunciation[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

Vulcanus m (proper noun, strong, genitive Vulcanus' or Vulcanus)

  1. (mythology) Vulcan (Roman god of fire)

Latin[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

"Extremely obscure", with many hypotheses; some speculate of borrowing from a Mediterranean language.[1]

A longstanding theory linking the name to the Biblical Tubal-cain (who bears uncanny similarity in characteristics and relations to Vulcan) has not been totally discounted. See further info, context and proposals at discussion on StackExchange.

Pronunciation[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

Vulcānus m (genitive Vulcānī); second declension

  1. The god of fire and metalworking, Vulcan

Declension[edit]

Second-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative Vulcānus Vulcānī
Genitive Vulcānī Vulcānōrum
Dative Vulcānō Vulcānīs
Accusative Vulcānum Vulcānōs
Ablative Vulcānō Vulcānīs
Vocative Vulcāne Vulcānī

Descendants[edit]

Vulcan” (Roman god of fire):

Vulcano” (a small volcanic island north of Sicily; named for the Roman belief that it was the chimney of Vulcan):

volcano” (named for the island of Vulcano):

  • Italian: vulcano (see there for further descendants)
  • Sicilian: vurcanu (see there for further descendants)

Further reading[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Walde, Alois; Hofmann, Johann Baptist (1954), “Vulcanus”, in Lateinisches etymologisches Wörterbuch (in German), volume 2, 3rd edition, Heidelberg: Carl Winter, page 825