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Buboes on the leg of a patient with bubonic plague.


From Medieval Latin būbō, from Ancient Greek βουβών ‎(boubṓn, groin, swelling).



bubo ‎(plural buboes)

  1. (pathology) An inflamed swelling of a lymph node, especially in the armpit or the groin, due to an infection such as bubonic plague, gonorrhea, tuberculosis or syphilis.
    • 1661, Johann Jacob Wecker, Eighteen books of the secrets of art and nature: being the summe and substance of naturall philisophy ...[1], page 42:
      If a Bubo or Carbuncle appear, set on Leeches not far from it, if it be in an ignoble part; ...

Derived terms[edit]




From German Bube ‎(boy, knave).


bubo ‎(accusative singular bubon, plural buboj, accusative plural bubojn)

  1. wicked boy
  2. (card games) jack

See also[edit]

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būbō (horned owl)

Etymology 1[edit]

From Proto-Indo-European *b(e)u ‎(owl), see also Ancient Greek βύας ‎(búas), Bulgarian буч ‎(buč), Old Armenian բուէճ ‎(buēč), and North Persian بوم ‎(bum). The Indo-European root is onomatopoeic and was borrowed into Semitic languages such as Arabic بُوم ‎(būm) and Classical Syriac ܒܐܘܐ ‎(baʾwāʾ) and Caucasian languages such as Old Georgian ბუვი ‎(buvi), Chechen бухӏа ‎(buha), and Aghul бу́гьу.[1]

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būbō m ‎(genitive būbōnis); third declension

  1. an owl, especially the Eurasian eagle owl, Bubo bubo.
Usage notes[edit]

Nearly always masculine, but used once as a feminine noun by Virgil in Aeneis IV:462:

hinc exaudiri voces et verba vocantis
visa viri, nox cum terras obscura teneret,
solaque culminibus ferali carmine bubo
saepe queri et longas in fletum ducere voces;

Third declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative būbō būbōnēs
genitive būbōnis būbōnum
dative būbōnī būbōnibus
accusative būbōnem būbōnēs
ablative būbōne būbōnibus
vocative būbō būbōnēs
Derived terms[edit]


  1. ^ Encyclopedia of Indo-European Culture, Mallory, Adams

Etymology 2[edit]

Medieval Latin; from Ancient Greek βουβών ‎(boubṓn, groin, swelling).



būbō m ‎(genitive būbōnis); third declension

  1. (Medieval Latin) Alternative form of būbōnēs

Etymology 3[edit]

From būtiō ‎(bittern)



bubō ‎(present infinitive bubere); third conjugation, no perfect or supine forms

  1. I cry like a bittern.


  • bubo” in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1879.