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See also: Delphinus


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From Ancient Greek δελφίν (delphín), a later form of the previous δελφίς (delphís, a dolphin), from δελφύς (delphús, womb).


  • (Classical) IPA(key): /delˈpʰiː.nus/, [d̪ɛɫ̪ˈpʰiːnʊs̠]
  • (Ecclesiastical) IPA(key): /delˈfi.nus/, [d̪elˈfiːnus]
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delphīnus m (genitive delphīnī); second declension

  1. A dolphin; an aquatic mammal of the family Delphinidae or Platanistidae
  2. The constellation Delphinus
  3. A kind of decorative furniture, possibly decorated with dolphins
  4. (Medieval Latin) dauphin (eldest son)


Second-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative delphīnus delphīnī
Genitive delphīnī delphīnōrum
Dative delphīnō delphīnīs
Accusative delphīnum delphīnōs
Ablative delphīnō delphīnīs
Vocative delphīne delphīnī



  • delphinus”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • delphinus”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • delphinus in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition with additions by D. P. Carpenterius, Adelungius and others, edited by Léopold Favre, 1883–1887)
  • delphinus in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette