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Possibly from Proto-Indo-European *kr̥tis from root *kert- (to weave, twist together), but according to Michiel de Vaan, unlikely. If so, compare Latin crassus, Sanskrit कृत् (kṛt, to spin) and, according to Michael Witzel, Sanskrit कवि (kavi, reins, ladle). The connection with Ancient Greek κύρτος (kúrtos, weel) has also been dismissed by R. S. P. Beekes.[1]



crātis f (genitive crātis); third declension

  1. wickerwork
  2. bundle of brush
  3. fascine


Third declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative crātis crātēs
genitive crātis crātum
dative crātī crātibus
accusative crātem crātēs
ablative crāte crātibus
vocative crātis crātēs

Derived terms[edit]



  • cratis in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • cratis in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • du Cange, Charles (1883), “cratis”, in G. A. Louis Henschel, Pierre Carpentier, Léopold Favre, editors, Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (in Latin), Niort: L. Favre
  • cratis in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français [Illustrated Latin-French Dictionary], Hachette
  1. ^ Beekes, Robert S. P. (2010) Etymological Dictionary of Greek (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 10), with the assistance of Lucien van Beek, Leiden, Boston: Brill, page 808