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Ellipsis of Homo erectus.; from Latin erectus (upright).


erectus (uncountable)

  1. Homo erectus



Perfect passive participle of ērigō (raise, erect).



ērēctus (feminine ērēcta, neuter ērēctum, comparative ērēctior); first/second-declension participle

  1. erected, made upright, raised, having been set up
  2. built, having been constructed
  3. aroused, excited, having been aroused
  4. encouraged, cheered, having been encouraged
  5. elevated, lofty, noble
  6. haughty, proud
  7. alert, attentive, intent, confident
    Synonyms: attentus, intentus, intēnsus, cautus
  8. animated, encouraged, resolute
  9. (New Latin) Used in taxonomic names as a specific epithet for any plant or animal that stands erect.


First/second-declension adjective.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masculine Feminine Neuter Masculine Feminine Neuter
Nominative ērēctus ērēcta ērēctum ērēctī ērēctae ērēcta
Genitive ērēctī ērēctae ērēctī ērēctōrum ērēctārum ērēctōrum
Dative ērēctō ērēctō ērēctīs
Accusative ērēctum ērēctam ērēctum ērēctōs ērēctās ērēcta
Ablative ērēctō ērēctā ērēctō ērēctīs
Vocative ērēcte ērēcta ērēctum ērēctī ērēctae ērēcta

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  • Catalan: erecte
  • English: erect
  • Friulian: eret, ert
  • Italian: eretto, erto
  • Ladin: ert
  • Portuguese: ereto
  • Romanian: erect
  • Spanish: erecto, yerto
  • Venetian: erto


  • erectus”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • erectus”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • erectus in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette.
  • Carl Meißner, Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • to show a brisk and cheerful spirit: alacri et erecto animo esse