cunae

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Latin[edit]

cunae for H.M. the queen

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Indo-European *ḱoy-no- ‎(lair, cradle). Cognate with Ancient Greek κοίτη ‎(koítē).[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

cūnae f ‎(genitive cūnārum); first declension (usually plural)

  1. cradle; nest for young birds
  2. infancy

Usage notes[edit]

Although the singular forms do exist in Classical Latin, they were rarely used. The plural was normally used for a singular object.

Inflection[edit]

First declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative cūna cūnae
genitive cūnae cūnārum
dative cūnae cūnīs
accusative cūnam cūnās
ablative cūnā cūnīs
vocative cūna cūnae

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References[edit]

  1. ^ De Vaan, Michiel (2008) Etymological Dictionary of Latin and the other Italic Languages (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 7), Leiden, Boston: Brill