cassis

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French cassis.

Noun[edit]

cassis (usually uncountable, plural cassises)

  1. The blackcurrant plant, Ribes nigrum; the flavor of its berries
  2. A liqueur made from these berries, especially crème de cassis.
    Cassis and soda is a popular drink.
    • 1972, Evan Hunter, Every Little Crook and Nanny (page 132)
      The bartender looked at her malevolently for a moment, shook his head, and walked away to mix the drink. "I never had one of those, those vermouth cassises," Freddie said.
  3. A wine flavor note, suggesting the fruity and full-bodied characteristics of the fruit.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Probably from Latin cassia, from Hebrew קציעה (qetzi'ah), meaning incense cassia or the cassia tree.

Noun[edit]

cassis m (plural cassis)

  1. blackcurrant (fruit)

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Latin[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From the Proto-Indo-European *kadʰ- (to guard, cover, care for, protect). Cognate with the Old English hætt (head-covering, hat). More at the English hat.

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Noun[edit]

cassis f (genitive cassidis); third declension

  1. a plumed metal helmet
Declension[edit]

Third declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative cassis cassidēs
genitive cassidis cassidum
dative cassidī cassidibus
accusative cassidem cassidēs
ablative casside cassidibus
vocative cassis cassidēs
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References[edit]

  • cassis¹ in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • cassis in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • du Cange, Charles (1883), “cassis”, in G. A. Louis Henschel, Pierre Carpentier, Léopold Favre, editors, Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (in Latin), Niort: L. Favre
  • 1 cassĭs” in Félix Gaffiot’s Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette (1934)
  • cassis in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • cassis in William Smith et al., editor (1890) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: William Wayte. G. E. Marindin
  • cassis¹” on page 281/2 of the Oxford Latin Dictionary (1st ed., 1968–82)

Etymology 2[edit]

The origin is uncertain. Probably connected with catēna (chain).[1]

Pokorny derives from Proto-Indo-European *kat- (to link or weave together).[2]

Martirosyan connects cassis and catēna with Old Armenian ցանց (cʿancʿ, casting-net) and derives all from a Mediterranean substrate.[3]

Noun[edit]

cassis m

  1. hunting-net

References[edit]

  1. ^ De Vaan, Michiel (2008) Etymological Dictionary of Latin and the other Italic Languages (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 7), Leiden, Boston: Brill, page 97
  2. ^ Pokorny, Julius (1959) Indogermanisches etymologisches Wörterbuch [Indo-European Etymological Dictionary] (in German), volume II, Bern, München: Francke Verlag, page 534
  3. ^ Martirosyan, Hrach (2016), “Mediterranean substrate words in Armenian: two etymologies”, in Bjarne Simmelkjær Sandgaard Hansen, Benedicte Nielsen Whitehead, Thomas Olander & Birgit Anette Olsen, editors, Etymology and the European Lexicon. Proceedings of the 14th Fachtagung of the Indogermanische Gesellschaft, Copenhagen, 17-22 September 2012[1], Wiesbaden: Reichert Verlag, page 294