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From Proto-Indo-European *kew- (bend, curve), for the boat's curved shape.


cymba f (genitive cymbae); first declension

  1. (nautical) skiff (especially the small boat used by Charon to ferry the dead)
  2. (anatomy) external ear, apical curved groove of the concha


First declension.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative cymba cymbae
Genitive cymbae cymbārum
Dative cymbae cymbīs
Accusative cymbam cymbās
Ablative cymbā cymbīs
Vocative cymba cymbae



  • cymba in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • cymba in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • cymba in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • cymba in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • cymba in William Smith et al., editor (1890) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: William Wayte. G. E. Marindin