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From asinus +‎ -lus (diminutive suffix).


asellus m (genitive asellī); second declension

  1. Small or young ass or donkey; diminutive of asinus
    • 43 BCEc. 17 CE, Ovid, Fasti 3.749:
      Utque piger pandī tergō residēbat asellī.
      And as he was sitting lazily upon the back of his sagging little donkey
      (See Silenus.)


Second-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative asellus asellī
Genitive asellī asellōrum
Dative asellō asellīs
Accusative asellum asellōs
Ablative asellō asellīs
Vocative aselle asellī

Related terms[edit]


  • Old Irish: asal (see there for further descendants)
  • Proto-Slavic: *osьlъ (see there for further descendants)
  • Proto-West Germanic: *asil (see there for further descendants)
  • Gothic: 𐌰𐍃𐌹𐌻𐌿𐍃 (asilus)


  • asellus”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • asellus”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • asellus in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition with additions by D. P. Carpenterius, Adelungius and others, edited by Léopold Favre, 1883–1887)
  • asellus in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette
  • asellus”, in William Smith, editor (1848) A Dictionary of Greek Biography and Mythology, London: John Murray