cervus

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Latin[edit]

cervī (stags)

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Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Indo-European *ḱr̥h₂wós, from *ḱerh₂-(horn) (whence English horn, hirn, Latin cornū(horn)) + *-wós (whence Latin -vus). Cognate with Welsh carw(deer), Greek κεραός(keraós, horned). The first-syllable e was likely taken from the PIE root noun *ḱerh₂s(horn) (itself eventually lost in Latin), while the shift in meaning from 'horned' to 'deer' may be common Italo-Celtic.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

cervus m ‎(genitive cervī); second declension

  1. deer, stag
  2. (by extension) forked stakes
  3. (military) cheval de frise

Inflection[edit]

Second declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative cervus cervī
genitive cervī cervōrum
dative cervō cervīs
accusative cervum cervōs
ablative cervō cervīs
vocative cerve cervī

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References[edit]

  • ^ De Vaan, Michiel (2008) Etymological Dictionary of Latin and the other Italic Languages (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 7), Leiden, Boston: Brill