festuca

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Latin[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • fistūca (ram, piledriver), historically sometimes considered a separate word

Etymology[edit]

Perhaps connected to ferula, with a common earlier stem *fes-. De Vaan notes if suffixation is with +‎ -ūcus as in several plant names: sambūcus (elderberry), albūcus (asphodel; asphodel bulb), lactūca (lettuce), the stem could be *festo. Gaffiot numbers the sense of ram, piledriver, usually spelt fistūca, a separate word, but it is offered as an alternate spelling in De Vaan.

Noun[edit]

festūca f (genitive festūcae); first declension

  1. straw
  2. stalk, stem
  3. rod used to touch slaves in ceremonial manumission
  4. ram, piledriver (often spelt fistūca in this sense)

Inflection[edit]

First declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative festūca festūcae
genitive festūcae festūcārum
dative festūcae festūcīs
accusative festūcam festūcās
ablative festūcā festūcīs
vocative festūca festūcae

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