catoblepas

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin catōblepās, from Ancient Greek κᾰτῶβλεψ (katôbleps), κᾰτωβλέπων (katōblépōn), κᾰτώβλεπον (katṓblepon, down-looker), from κᾰτᾰβλέπω (katablépō, to look downwards), from κᾰτᾰ́ (katá) +‎ βλέπω (blépō).

Noun[edit]

catoblepas (plural catoblepae or catoblepones)

  1. A legendary creature from Ethiopia, said to have the body of a Cape buffalo, scales on its back, and the head of a wild boar, which always points downward because of its weight.

Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Ancient Greek κᾰτῶβλεψ (katôbleps), κᾰτωβλέπων (katōblépōn), κᾰτώβλεπον (katṓblepon, down-looker), from κᾰτᾰβλέπω (katablépō, to look downwards), from κᾰτᾰ́ (katá) +‎ βλέπω (blépō).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

catōblepās m (genitive catōblepae); first declension

  1. A type of horned wild animal found in Ethiopia.
  2. A mythical creature with powers similar to a basilisk.

Inflection[edit]

First declension, masculine Greek type with nominative singular in -ās.

Case Singular Plural
nominative catōblepās catōblepae
genitive catōblepae catōblepārum
dative catōblepae catōblepīs
accusative catōblepān catōblepās
ablative catōblepā catōblepīs
vocative catōblepā catōblepae

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