culus

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See also: -culus

Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Italic *kūlos, from Proto-Indo-European *kuH-l-, zero-grade form of *(s)kewH- (to cover) without s-mobile.

Cognates include Old Irish cúl (bottom), Lithuanian kẽvalas (skin, cover). Related to cutis (hide).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

cūlus m (genitive cūlī); second declension

  1. (vulgar, anatomy) The posterior, arse, ass, buttocks
    • c. 84 BCE – 54 BCE, Catullus, Carmina 97, (translation adapted by H.J.Walker, which can be viewed here):
      Non (ita me di ament) quicquam referre putaui,
      utrumne os an culum olfacerem Aemilio.
      I swear by the gods, I didn't think it mattered one straw,
      whether I sniffed Aemilius's head or his arse.
  2. (vulgar, anatomy) The anus

Declension[edit]

Second-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative cūlus cūlī
Genitive cūlī cūlōrum
Dative cūlō cūlīs
Accusative cūlum cūlōs
Ablative cūlō cūlīs
Vocative cūle cūlī

Synonyms[edit]

Derived terms[edit]

Descendants[edit]

  • Aragonese: culo
  • Aromanian: cur
  • Asturian: culu
  • Catalan: cul
  • Corsican: culu
  • Dalmatian: čol
  • French: cul, culotte
  • Friulian: cûl
  • Ido: kulo
  • Istro-Romanian: cur
  • Italian: culo
  • Lombard: cüü

References[edit]

  • culus”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • culus”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • culus in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition with additions by D. P. Carpenterius, Adelungius and others, edited by Léopold Favre, 1883–1887)
  • culus in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette

Somali[edit]

Adjective[edit]

culus

  1. heavy