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Borrowing from Ancient Greek κοντός (kontós, pole, pike), from κεντέω (kentéō, I sting, goad).


contus m (genitive contī); second declension

  1. long pole; pike


Second declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative contus contī
genitive contī contōrum
dative contō contīs
accusative contum contōs
ablative contō contīs
vocative conte contī


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