anceps

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin anceps (literally double-headed).

Noun[edit]

anceps (plural ancipites)

  1. (poetry, Greek and Latin meter) A syllable that can be either short or long.

Anagrams[edit]


Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From ambo (both) +‎ -ceps (headed), from caput (head).

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

anceps (genitive ancipitis); third-declension one-termination adjective

  1. double-headed, having two heads
  2. (of mountains) having two summits or peaks
  3. (of swords) double-edged
  4. divided into two parts
  5. wavering, doubtful, uncertain, dubious, shady
  6. dangerous, hazardous

Declension[edit]

Third-declension one-termination adjective.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masc./Fem. Neuter Masc./Fem. Neuter
Nominative anceps ancipitēs ancipitia
Genitive ancipitis ancipitium
Dative ancipitī ancipitibus
Accusative ancipitem anceps ancipitēs ancipitia
Ablative ancipitī ancipitibus
Vocative anceps ancipitēs ancipitia

Synonyms[edit]

Descendants[edit]

  • English: syllaba anceps
  • Portuguese: ancípite
  • Italian: ancipite

References[edit]

  • anceps in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1879
  • anceps in Charlton T. Lewis, An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers, 1891
  • anceps in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition, 1883–1887)
  • anceps in Gaffiot, Félix, Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette, 1934
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden, Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co., 1894
    • the changes and chances of this life: ancipites et varii casus
    • the issue of the battle is undecided: proelium anceps est
    • the issue of the battle is undecided: ancipiti Marte pugnatur
    • the issue of the day was for a long time uncertain: diu anceps stetit pugna