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Latin acetabulum (a little saucer for vinegar)


  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /ˌæs.ɪˈtæb.jə.ləm/
  • Hyphenation: ace‧tab‧u‧lum


acetabulum (plural acetabula or acetabulums)

  1. (Roman Antiquities) a vinegar cup
  2. (Roman Antiquities) the socket of the hipbone
  3. (Roman Antiquities) a measure of about one eighth of a pint
  4. (anatomy) The bony cup which receives the head of the thigh bone.
  5. (anatomy) The cavity in which the leg of an insect is inserted at its articulation with the body.
  6. (anatomy) A sucker of the sepia or cuttlefish and related animals.
  7. (anatomy) The large posterior sucker of the leeches.
  8. (anatomy) One of the lobes of the placenta in ruminating animals.

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From acēt(um) (vinegar) +‎ -bulum (a vessel for)



acētābulum n (genitive acētābulī); second declension

  1. A shallow cup for vinegar; acetabulum.
  2. Any cup-shaped vessel.
  3. (anatomy) The socket of the hipbone.
  4. (botany) The cup of a flower.
  5. accusative singular of acētābulum
  6. vocative singular of acētābulum


Second declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative acētābulum acētābula
genitive acētābulī acētābulōrum
dative acētābulō acētābulīs
accusative acētābulum acētābula
ablative acētābulō acētābulīs
vocative acētābulum acētābula



  • acetabulum in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • du Cange, Charles (1883), “acetabulum”, in G. A. Louis Henschel, Pierre Carpentier, Léopold Favre, editors, Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (in Latin), Niort: L. Favre
  • acetabulum in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français [Illustrated Latin-French Dictionary], Hachette
  • acetabulum in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • acetabulum in William Smith et al., editor (1890) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: William Wayte. G. E. Marindin