cuniculus

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English[edit]

Noun[edit]

cuniculus ‎(plural cuniculi)

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

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Etymology[edit]

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

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Noun[edit]

cunīculus m ‎(genitive cunīculī); second declension

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

Inflection[edit]

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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References[edit]

  • cuniculus” in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1879.
  • cuniculus” in Félix Gaffiot (1934), Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Paris: Hachette.
  • Meissner, Carl; Auden, Henry William (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • to make mines, subterraneous passages: cuniculos agere (B. G. 3. 21)