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elementum n (genitive elementi); second declension

  1. (chemistry, physics) one of four elements that composed the world.
  2. basic principle, rudiment
  3. (in the plural) the alphabet

Usage notes[edit]

Most often used in the plural to refer collectively to the components.


Second declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative elementum elementa
genitive elementī elementōrum
dative elementō elementīs
accusative elementum elementa
ablative elementō elementīs
vocative elementum elementa


Related terms[edit]



  • elementum in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • elementum in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • elementum in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition, 1883–1887)
  • elementum in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • the elements: elementa; initia or principia rerum
    • the elements and first beginnings: elementa et tamquam semina rerum
    • to teach children the rudiments: pueros elementa (prima) docere
    • to receive the first elements of a liberal education: primis litterarum elementis imbui
    • the alphabet: litterae, elementa
  • elementum in Ramminger, Johann (accessed 16 July 2016) Neulateinische Wortliste: Ein Wörterbuch des Lateinischen von Petrarca bis 1700[2], pre-publication website, 2005-2016