basium

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Indo-European *bu, cognate with English buss; cf. also Persian بوس(bus, kiss).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (Classical) IPA(key): /ˈbaː.si.um/, [ˈbaː.si.ʊ̃ˑ]
  • (file)

Noun[edit]

bāsium n (genitive bāsiī or bāsī); second declension

  1. kiss, especially of the hand
    • 15 BCE – 45 CE, Phaedrus, Fabularum Aesopiarum Libri Quinque 5.7.28:
      Iactat basia tibicen.
      Throws kisses of the hand.
    • 84 BCE – 54 BCE, Catullus 5.7:
      da mi basia mille, deinde centum,
      Give me a thousand kisses, then a hundred,

Declension[edit]

Second-declension noun (neuter).

Case Singular Plural
Nominative bāsium bāsia
Genitive bāsiī
bāsī1
bāsiōrum
Dative bāsiō bāsiīs
Accusative bāsium bāsia
Ablative bāsiō bāsiīs
Vocative bāsium bāsia

1Found in older Latin (until the Augustan Age).

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Descendants[edit]

  • Aromanian: bãshiu
  • Asturian: besu
  • Catalan: bes
  • Dalmatian: biss
  • French: baiser
  • Friulian: buss, buš
  • Galician: beixo
  • Italian: bacio
  • Ladino: bezo

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