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From Proto-Italic *awikaps. Equivalent to avis (bird) +‎ -ceps (catcher).



auceps m (genitive aucupis); third declension

  1. a bird-catcher; fowler
  2. (figuratively) eavesdropper


Third-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative auceps aucupēs
Genitive aucupis aucupum
Dative aucupī aucupibus
Accusative aucupem aucupēs
Ablative aucupe aucupibus
Vocative auceps aucupēs

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  • auceps in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1879
  • auceps in Charlton T. Lewis, An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers, 1891
  • auceps in Gaffiot, Félix, Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette, 1934
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden, Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co., 1894
    • a verbal, petty critic; a caviller: syllabarum auceps
  • auceps in Harry Thurston Peck, editor, Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers, 1898
  • auceps in William Smith et al., editor, A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: William Wayte. G. E. Marindin, 1890