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From Proto-Italic *krisnis, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)ker- ‎(to turn, bend). Cognate with Latin crista, crispus ‎(curly) and Albanian krip.



crīnis m ‎(genitive crīnis); third declension

  1. hair of the head, lock of hair, plume
  2. tail of a comet


Third declension i-stem.

Case Singular Plural
nominative crīnis crīnēs
genitive crīnis crīnium
dative crīnī crīnibus
accusative crīnem crīnēs
ablative crīne crīnibus
vocative crīnis crīnēs


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  • crinis in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • crinis in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • CRINIS in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition, 1883–1887)
  • crinis” in Félix Gaffiot (1934), Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Paris: Hachette.
  • Meissner, Carl; Auden, Henry William (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • to grow one's hair, beard long: promittere crinem, barbam
    • with dishevelled hair: passis crinibus
  • crinis in William Smith, editor (1848) A Dictionary of Greek Biography and Mythology, London: John Murray
  • crinis in William Smith et al., editor (1890) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: William Wayte. G. E. Marindin