alimentum

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Derived from alō (I nourish, sustain) +‎ -mentum (instrument, medium).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

alimentum n (genitive alimentī); second declension

  1. food, nourishment, nutriment, sustenance, provisions
    Synonyms: alimōnia, alimōnium
    • 8 CE, Ovid, Fasti 4.401-402:
      prīma Cerēs homine ad meliōra alimenta vocātō
      mūtāvit glandēs ūtiliōre cibō.
      Having called man to better nourishment, Ceres first
      exchanged acorns with more useful food.

      (See Ceres (mythology).)
  2. obligation to one's parents

Declension[edit]

Second-declension noun (neuter).

Case Singular Plural
Nominative alimentum alimenta
Genitive alimentī alimentōrum
Dative alimentō alimentīs
Accusative alimentum alimenta
Ablative alimentō alimentīs
Vocative alimentum alimenta

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References[edit]

  • alimentum”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • alimentum”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • alimentum in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette