beccus

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Possibly borrowed from Gaulish *bekkos, from Proto-Celtic *bekkos (hook), from Proto-Indo-European *bak-, *baḱ- (pointed stick, peg). If so, then cognate with Middle English pegge (peg). More at peg.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

beccus m (genitive beccī); second declension

  1. beak, bill (especially of a cock)

Usage notes[edit]

The most usual word for "beak" is rostrum.

Declension[edit]

Second-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative beccus beccī
Genitive beccī beccōrum
Dative beccō beccīs
Accusative beccum beccōs
Ablative beccō beccīs
Vocative becce beccī

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