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From Proto-Italic *kriznis, 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 and 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 Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (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