acus

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

PIE root
*h₂eḱ-

From Proto-Indo-European *h₂eḱ- ‎(sharp). Related to acuō ‎(sharpen, whet) and aciēs ‎(edge).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

acus f ‎(genitive acūs); fourth declension

  1. a needle, a pin
  2. bodkin

Inflection[edit]

Fourth declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative acus acūs
genitive acūs acuum
dative acuī acibus
accusative acum acūs
ablative acū acibus
vocative acus acūs

Derived terms[edit]

Descendants[edit]

  • Italian: ago
  • Romanian: ac
  • Sardinian: àcu
  • Vulgar Latin: *acūcla (see there for further descendants)

References[edit]

  • acus” in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1879.
  • acus” in Félix Gaffiot (1934), Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Paris: Hachette.
  • Meissner, Carl; Auden, Henry William (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • you have hit the nail on the head: rem acu tetigisti