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Unknown. De Vaan rejects connexions with findō (I cleave) and fidēlia (earthen pot)[1]; Beekes mentions obliquely the rhyme with rarer riscus, a likely Celtic borrowing into Latin and Greek[2].



fiscus m (genitive fiscī); second declension

  1. basket
  2. purse
  3. treasury (public revenues)


Second declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative fiscus fiscī
genitive fiscī fiscōrum
dative fiscō fiscīs
accusative fiscum fiscōs
ablative fiscō fiscīs
vocative fisce fiscī



  • fiscus in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • fiscus in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • du Cange, Charles (1883), “fiscus”, in G. A. Louis Henschel, Pierre Carpentier, Léopold Favre, editors, Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (in Latin), Niort: L. Favre
  • fiscus” in Félix Gaffiot’s Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette (1934)
  • fiscus in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • fiscus in William Smith et al., editor (1890) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: William Wayte. G. E. Marindin
  1. ^ De Vaan, Michiel (2008) Etymological Dictionary of Latin and the other Italic Languages (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 7), Leiden, Boston: Brill, page 223
  2. ^ Beekes, Robert S. P. (2010) Etymological Dictionary of Greek (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 10), with the assistance of Lucien van Beek, Leiden, Boston: Brill, page 1288