cuniculus

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin cunīculus.

Noun[edit]

cuniculus (plural cuniculi)

  1. a burrow or low underground passage
  2. a burrow in the skin made by a mite

Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek κόνικλος (kóniklos), probably of Iberian or Celtiberian origin; compare Basque untxi (rabbit), Mozarabic conchair (greyhound). The original meaning “burrow” adapted to the rabbit or vice versa.

Attested beginning from Cicero and Varro.

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Noun[edit]

cunīculus m (genitive cunīculī); second declension

  1. a rabbit
  2. a rabbit burrow
  3. a mine, underground tunnel or gallery
    • 2015, Tuomo Pekkanen, Nuntii Latini 7.8.2015:https://areena.yle.fi/1-2864830
      Greges migratorum, qui diversis viis ex Africa vel Asia in Europam venerunt, in proximitatem urbis Caleti (Calais) convenerunt, unde brevissima est in Britanniam per cuniculum traiectio.
      Groups of migrants, coming into Europe by various routes from Africa and Asia, came together near the city of Calais, where it is but a short passage to Britain through the tunnel.

Declension[edit]

Second-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative cunīculus cunīculī
Genitive cunīculī cunīculōrum
Dative cunīculō cunīculīs
Accusative cunīculum cunīculōs
Ablative cunīculō cunīculīs
Vocative cunīcule cunīculī

Related terms[edit]

Descendants[edit]

  • Latin: cunīclus (see there for further descendants)
  • English: cuniculus
  • Italian: cunicolo
  • Portuguese: cunículo

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