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Borrowed from Latin collum.


collum (plural colla)

  1. (anatomy) A neck or cervix.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Dunglison to this entry?)
  2. (botany) A collar.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Gray to this entry?)

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for collum in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)



Alternative forms[edit]


From Proto-Indo-European *kʷolso- (neck, literally that on which the head turns), from *kʷel- (to turn). See also Old English heals (neck, prow of a ship) (whence English halse (neck, throat)), Middle Dutch and Old Norse hals (neck).



collum n (genitive collī); second declension

  1. (anatomy) neck, throat
  2. upper stem of a plant
  3. (symbolically) servitude


Second declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative collum colla
genitive collī collōrum
dative collō collīs
accusative collum colla
ablative collō collīs
vocative collum colla




  • collum in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • collum in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • collum in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition, 1883–1887)
  • collum in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • the town stands on rising ground: oppidum colli impositum est