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From avis (bird) +‎ -ceps (catcher), from capio.



auceps m (genitive aucupis); third declension

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


Third declension.

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