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Etymology 1[edit]

From Proto-Indo-European *kʷékʷlos (circle, wheel). Cognates include Ancient Greek κύκλος (kúklos), Tocharian B kokale, Old Church Slavonic коло (kolo), Lithuanian kãklas, Sanskrit चक्र (cakrá), and Old English hwēol (English wheel).



colus m (genitive colī); second declension or colus m (genitive colūs); fourth declension

  1. distaff
  2. spinning, spun thread
Second declension.
Case Singular Plural
nominative colus colī
genitive colī colōrum
dative colō colīs
accusative colum colōs
ablative colō colīs
vocative cole colī
Fourth declension.
Case Singular Plural
nominative colus colūs
genitive colūs coluum
dative coluī colibus
accusative colum colūs
ablative colū colibus
vocative colus colūs

Etymology 2[edit]

Alternative form of cōlon (the colon).



cōlus m (genitive cōlī); second declension

  1. Alternative form of cōlon

Second declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative cōlus cōlī
genitive cōlī cōlōrum
dative cōlō cōlīs
accusative cōlum cōlōs
ablative cōlō cōlīs
vocative cōle cōlī


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