ensifer

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin ēnsifer (sword-bearing).

Noun[edit]

ensifer (uncountable)

  1. (microbiology) A member of the genus Ensifer, the bacteria family of Rhizobiaceae.

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Latin[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From ēnsis (sword) +‎ -fer (-carrying). Compare Ancient Greek ξιφήρης (xiphḗrēs).

Orion depicted as an ensifer (sword-bearer), Uranometria, 1603

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

ēnsifer (feminine ēnsifera, neuter ēnsiferum); first/second-declension adjective (nominative masculine singular in -er)

  1. sword-bearing (especially as an epithet of Orion)
    • 1835. M. Annaeus Lucanus, Pharsalia (ed. Carolus Hermannus Weise) book 1, line 663 (3.61):
      Ēnsiferī nimium fulget lātus Orionis?
      Does the sword-bearing side of Orion gleam too much?

Declension[edit]

First/second-declension adjective (nominative masculine singular in -er).

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masculine Feminine Neuter Masculine Feminine Neuter
Nominative ēnsifer ēnsifera ēnsiferum ēnsiferī ēnsiferae ēnsifera
Genitive ēnsiferī ēnsiferae ēnsiferī ēnsiferōrum ēnsiferārum ēnsiferōrum
Dative ēnsiferō ēnsiferō ēnsiferīs
Accusative ēnsiferum ēnsiferam ēnsiferum ēnsiferōs ēnsiferās ēnsifera
Ablative ēnsiferō ēnsiferā ēnsiferō ēnsiferīs
Vocative ēnsifer ēnsifera ēnsiferum ēnsiferī ēnsiferae ēnsifera

Noun[edit]

ēnsifer m (genitive ēnsiferī); second declension

  1. sword-bearer

Declension[edit]

Second-declension noun (nominative singular in -er).

Case Singular Plural
Nominative ēnsifer ēnsiferī
Genitive ēnsiferī ēnsiferōrum
Dative ēnsiferō ēnsiferīs
Accusative ēnsiferum ēnsiferōs
Ablative ēnsiferō ēnsiferīs
Vocative ēnsifer ēnsiferī

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