cuniculus

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing 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]

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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.

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Noun[edit]

cunīculus m (genitive cunīculī); second declension

  1. rabbit
  2. rabbit burrow
  3. mine, subterranean tunnel or gallery
    • 2015, Tuomo Pekkanen, Numerus fugitivorum in dies crescit. [1], Nuntii Latini 7.8.2015:
      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 brief passage to Britain through the tunnel.


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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