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From a 1920s trade name for automotive lacquer.


duco (uncountable)

  1. (Australia, automotive, colloquial) Automotive paint.
    • 2002, Alex Miller, Journey to the Stone Country, Allen & Unwin, published 2003, page 35:
      A green four-wheel drive, its duco iridescent in the winter sunlight like the carapace of some mythical beetle come to rest there, was parked by the side of a ripple-iron tank set back from the riverbank.


duco (third-person singular simple present ducos, present participle ducoing, simple past and past participle ducoed)

  1. (Australia, automotive, colloquial, transitive) To paint with automotive paint.




From Proto-Italic *doukō, from Proto-Indo-European *déwkti, from the root *dewk-. Cognate with English tow.



dūcō (present infinitive dūcere, perfect active dūxī, supine ductum); third conjugation, irregular short imperative

  1. to lead, guide, conduct, lead away
    Synonyms: moderor, ago, deduco, produco, perfero, traduco, impingo
    • 43 BCEc. 17 CE, Ovid, Fasti 4.527:
      cui dea ‘dūc!’ inquit ‘scīstī, quā cōgere possēs’
      To which the goddess replies: ‘‘Lead on! You have understood how you are able to compel me.’’
      (A humble farmer named Celeus and his young daughter have spoken kindly to an old woman, and have invited her to visit their cottage, unaware that their guest is the goddess Ceres in disguise.)
  2. (by extension) to take
    • c. 84 BCE – 54 BCE, Catullus, Carmina 64:
      In vestrās potuistī dūcere sēdēs.
      You could have taken (me) to your home.
  3. to draw, pull
  4. to think, consider, regard
  5. to marry, to take (as one's wife)
    • c. 254 BCE – 184 BCE, Plautus, Miles Gloriosus 679:
      Propter dīvitiās meās, licuit uxōrem dōtātam genere summō dūcere.
      By reason of my wealth, I could have married a dowered wife of the best family.
  6. to prolong, to protract
    Synonym: prōdūco
  7. (military, transitive) to march, command, lead (e.g., an army)
  8. (passive voice with active voice meaning) to march (said of soldiers, lit. "be led")
    Diū mīlitēs dūcēbantur.For a long time, the soldiers were marching.
  9. to forge (rare)


   Conjugation of dūcō (third conjugation, irregular short imperative)
indicative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present dūcō dūcis dūcit dūcimus dūcitis dūcunt
imperfect dūcēbam dūcēbās dūcēbat dūcēbāmus dūcēbātis dūcēbant
future dūcam dūcēs dūcet dūcēmus dūcētis dūcent
perfect dūxī dūxistī dūxit dūximus dūxistis dūxērunt,
pluperfect dūxeram dūxerās dūxerat dūxerāmus dūxerātis dūxerant
future perfect dūxerō dūxeris dūxerit dūxerimus dūxeritis dūxerint
passive present dūcor dūceris,
dūcitur dūcimur dūciminī dūcuntur
imperfect dūcēbar dūcēbāris,
dūcēbātur dūcēbāmur dūcēbāminī dūcēbantur
future dūcar dūcēris,
dūcētur dūcēmur dūcēminī dūcentur
perfect ductus + present active indicative of sum
pluperfect ductus + imperfect active indicative of sum
future perfect ductus + future active indicative of sum
subjunctive singular plural
first second third first second third
active present dūcam dūcās dūcat dūcāmus dūcātis dūcant
imperfect dūcerem dūcerēs dūceret dūcerēmus dūcerētis dūcerent
perfect dūxerim dūxerīs dūxerit dūxerīmus dūxerītis dūxerint
pluperfect dūxissem dūxissēs dūxisset dūxissēmus dūxissētis dūxissent
passive present dūcar dūcāris,
dūcātur dūcāmur dūcāminī dūcantur
imperfect dūcerer dūcerēris,
dūcerētur dūcerēmur dūcerēminī dūcerentur
perfect ductus + present active subjunctive of sum
pluperfect ductus + imperfect active subjunctive of sum
imperative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present dūc,
future dūcitō dūcitō dūcitōte dūcuntō
passive present dūcere dūciminī
future dūcitor dūcitor dūcuntor
non-finite forms active passive
present perfect future present perfect future
infinitives dūcere dūxisse ductūrum esse dūcī ductum esse ductum īrī
participles dūcēns ductūrus ductus dūcendus,
verbal nouns gerund supine
genitive dative accusative ablative accusative ablative
dūcendī dūcendō dūcendum dūcendō ductum ductū

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  • duco”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • duco”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • duco in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette
  • Carl Meißner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • to bring a stream of water through the garden: aquam ducere per hortum
    • a road leads somewhere: via fert, ducit aliquo
    • to spend time: tempus ducere
    • to lead some one by the hand: manu ducere aliquem
    • to trace one's descent from some one: originem ab aliquo trahere, ducere
    • to breathe, live: animam, spiritum ducere
    • to breathe the air: aera spiritu ducere
    • to carry out the funeral obsequies: funus alicui facere, ducere (Cluent. 9. 28)
    • to commence a thing: initium facere, ducere, sumere (alicuius rei)
    • to consider a thing beneath one's dignity: aliquid alienum (a) dignitate sua or merely a se ducere
    • to consider a thing beneath one's dignity: aliquid infra se ducere or infra se positum arbitrari
    • to consider a thing creditable to a man: aliquid laudi alicui ducere, dare
    • to put off from one day to another: diem ex die ducere, differre
    • to devote one's life to science, study: aetatem in litteris ducere, agere
    • to derive an argument from a thing: argumentum ducere, sumere ex aliqua re or petere ab aliqua re
    • to form, derive a word from... (used of the man who first creates the word): vocabulum, verbum, nomen ducere ab, ex...
    • to marry (of the man): ducere uxorem
    • to marry (of the man): ducere aliquam in matrimonium
    • to protract, prolong a war: bellum ducere, trahere, extrahere
    • to lead the army with forced marches: raptim agmen ducere
    • to make a ditch, a fosse: fossam ducere
    • to lead some one in triumph: per triumphum (in triumpho) aliquem ducere
    • (ambiguous) to be guided by ambition: gloria duci
    • (ambiguous) a thing is taken from life: aliquid e vita ductum est
    • (ambiguous) to derive a word from... (used of an etymologist): verbum ductum esse a...putare
    • (ambiguous) to cherish a hope: spe duci, niti, teneri
    • (ambiguous) to be misled by a vain hope: inani, falsa spe duci, induci