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From cadō (I fall).



cadūcus (feminine cadūca, neuter cadūcum); first/second declension

  1. That falls or has fallen, falling, collapsing, drooping.
  2. That easily falls, inclined to fall
  3. (poetic) Devoted to death, destined to die, doomed.
  4. (figuratively) Frail, fleeting, perishable, transitory; vain, futile.
  5. (law) Lapsed, vacant, escheatable, caducary.


First/second declension.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masculine Feminine Neuter Masculine Feminine Neuter
nominative cadūcus cadūca cadūcum cadūcī cadūcae cadūca
genitive cadūcī cadūcae cadūcī cadūcōrum cadūcārum cadūcōrum
dative cadūcō cadūcō cadūcīs
accusative cadūcum cadūcam cadūcum cadūcōs cadūcās cadūca
ablative cadūcō cadūcā cadūcō cadūcīs
vocative cadūce cadūca cadūcum cadūcī cadūcae cadūca

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  • caducus in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • caducus in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • du Cange, Charles (1883), “caducus”, in G. A. Louis Henschel, Pierre Carpentier, Léopold Favre, editors, Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (in Latin), Niort: L. Favre
  • caducus” in Félix Gaffiot’s Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette (1934)
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