ancilla

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin ancilla (maid, slave-girl).

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Noun[edit]

ancilla (plural ancillae)

  1. A maid.
    • 1969, Vladimir Nabokov, Ada or Ardor, Penguin 2011, p. 306:
      ‘And pass me that towel,’ added Ada, but the ancilla was picking up coins she had dropped in her haste []
  2. An auxiliary or accessory
    • 2009 January 23, Ryo Okamoto et al., “An Entanglement Filter”, in Science[1], volume 323, number 5913, DOI:10.1126/science.1167182:
      The filter achieves this two-qubit filtering effect by using two ancilla photons as probes that detect whether or not the two input photons are in the desired states.

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From ancula (maid) +‎ -lus.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (Classical) IPA(key): /anˈkil.la/, [aŋˈkɪl.lʲa]
  • (Ecclesiastical) IPA(key): /anˈt͡ʃil.la/, [an̠ʲˈt͡ʃil.la]
  • (file)

Noun[edit]

ancilla f (genitive ancillae); first declension

  1. maid, slave-girl
    • 405 CE, Jerome, Vulgate Lucas.1.38:
      dixit autem Maria ecce ancilla Domini fiat mihi secundum verbum tuum
      And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord. Let it be to me according to your word.

Declension[edit]

First-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative ancilla ancillae
Genitive ancillae ancillārum
Dative ancillae ancillīs
Accusative ancillam ancillās
Ablative ancillā ancillīs
Vocative ancilla ancillae

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