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From Proto-Italic *kalowos, from Proto-Indo-European *kl̥H- (bald).[1]



calvus (feminine calva, neuter calvum); first/second-declension adjective

  1. hairless, bald


First/second-declension adjective.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masculine Feminine Neuter Masculine Feminine Neuter
Nominative calvus calva calvum calvī calvae calva
Genitive calvī calvae calvī calvōrum calvārum calvōrum
Dative calvō calvō calvīs
Accusative calvum calvam calvum calvōs calvās calva
Ablative calvō calvā calvō calvīs
Vocative calve calva calvum calvī calvae calva

Derived terms[edit]


  • Asturian: calvu
  • Catalan: calb
  • Corsican: calvu
  • English: calvous
  • French: chauve
  • Galician: calvo


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  • calvus”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
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  • calvus in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette
  • calvus”, in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • calvus”, in William Smith, editor (1848) A Dictionary of Greek Biography and Mythology, London: John Murray
  • calvus”, in William Smith, editor (1854, 1857) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography, volume 1 & 2, London: Walton and Maberly
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