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From Latin falx (sickle). Doublet of dalk.


IPA(key): /fælks/, /fɔlks/


falx (plural falxes or falces)

  1. (historical) A short Dacian sword resembling a sickle.
  2. Any sickle-shaped part or process.
    1. (anatomy) A curved fold or process of the dura mater or the peritoneum, especially one of the partition-like folds of the dura mater which extend into the great fissures of the brain.
    2. (anatomy, dated) A chelicera.
    3. (anatomy) A snake's poison fang.
    4. (anatomy) A rotula of a sea urchin.

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From Proto-Indo-European *dʰelk-, *dʰelg- (a cutting tool). Cognate with Old Irish delg (thorn, needle), Old English dalc (a pin, brooch, bracelet). More at dalk.



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falx f (genitive falcis); third declension

  1. sickle, scythe
  2. (military) a hook used to pull down walls


Third-declension noun (i-stem).

Case Singular Plural
Nominative falx falcēs
Genitive falcis falcium
Dative falcī falcibus
Accusative falcem falcēs
Ablative falce falcibus
Vocative falx falcēs

Derived terms[edit]


  • Aragonese: falz
  • Aromanian: falcã, falche
  • Asturian: foz, fouz, foiz
  • Catalan: falç
  • Emilian: fèlz
  • English: falx
  • Fala: foici
  • Friulian: fals


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