ermo

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Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Late Latin erēmus, from Ancient Greek ἐρῆμος (erêmos, lonely, solitary, desert, waste). Doublet of eremo.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈer.mo/, [ˈer̺mo], /ˈɛr.mo/, [ˈɛr̺mo]
  • Stress: érmo, èrmo
  • Hyphenation: er‧mo

Adjective[edit]

ermo (feminine singular erma, masculine plural ermi, feminine plural erme)

  1. abandoned, deserted, solitary
    • 1374, Francesco Petrarca, “Mentre che 'l cor dagli amorosi vermi”, in Il Canzoniere[1] (in Italian), Florence: Andrea Bettini, published 1858, lines 1-4, page 358:
      Mentre che 'l cor dagli amorosi vermi ¶ fu consumato, e 'n fiamma amorosa arse, ¶ di vaga fera le vestigia sparse ¶ cercai per poggi solitari ed ermi.
      While my heart was being consumed by loving worms, burned in loving fire, I searched for traces of a wandering creature through the solitary enclosing hills.
    • 1835, Giacomo Leopardi, “XII. L'infinito [The Infinite]”, in Canti[2] (in Italian), Bari: Einaudi, published 1917, lines 4-8, page 49:
      Sempre caro mi fu quest’ermo colle, ¶ e questa siepe, che da tanta parte ¶ dell’ultimo orizzonte il guardo esclude.
      Always dear to me was this solitary hill and this hedge, which, from so many parts of the far horizon, the sight excludes.
    • 1877, Giosuè Carducci, “Sogno d'estate [Summer Dream]”, in Poesie[3] (in Italian), Bologna: Nicola Zanichelli, published 1906, lines 29-31, page 910:
      Io guardava la madre, guardava pensoso il fratello, ¶ questi che or giace lungi su ’l poggio d’Arno fiorito, ¶ quella che dorme presso ne l’erma solenne Certosa;
      I looked at the mother, I pensively looked at the brother, the latter now lying on the flowering hillock of Arno, the former sleeping at the solitary charterhouse;
    • 1891, Giovanni Pascoli, “VII. Anniversario [Anniversary]”, in Myricae[4] (in Italian), Livorno: Raffaello Giusti, published 1905, lines 9-11, page 36:
      Non son felici, sappi, ma serene: ¶ il lor sorriso ha una tristezza pia: ¶ io le guardo ― o mia sola erma famiglia! ―
      Know that they are not happy, but serene: their smile has a pious sadness: I look at them ― oh, my lonely solitary family! ―
  2. (rare) Synonym of eremo: hermitage

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Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Portuguese ermo, hermo, from Late Latin erēmus, from Ancient Greek ἐρῆμος (erêmos). Compare Aromanian ermu

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

ermo m (feminine singular erma, masculine plural ermos, feminine plural ermas, comparable)

  1. uninhabited
  2. solitary, retired (far from civilisation, not able to be easily seen or accessed)

Noun[edit]

ermo m (plural ermos)

  1. waste (desolate place)

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