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cuniculus (plural cuniculi)

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


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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.



cunīculus m (genitive cunīculī); second declension

  1. a rabbit
  2. a rabbit burrow
  3. a mine, subterranean tunnel or gallery


Second declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative cunīculus cunīculī
genitive cunīculī cunīculōrum
dative cunīculō cunīculīs
accusative cunīculum cunīculōs
ablative cunīculō cunīculīs
vocative cunīcule cunīculī

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  • cuniculus in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • cuniculus in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • du Cange, Charles (1883), “cuniculus”, in G. A. Louis Henschel, Pierre Carpentier, Léopold Favre, editors, Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (in Latin), Niort: L. Favre
  • cuniculus” in Félix Gaffiot’s Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette (1934)
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • to make mines, subterraneous passages: cuniculos agere (B. G. 3. 21)
  • cuniculus in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • cuniculus in William Smith et al., editor (1890) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: William Wayte. G. E. Marindin