forfex

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin forfex.

Noun[edit]

forfex (plural forfices)

  1. (obsolete) A pair of shears.
    • Alexander Pope, Rape of the Lock
      The Peer now spreads the glitt'ring Forfex wide,
      T'inclose the Lock; now joins it, to divide.
    • Thomas Dudley Fosbroke, Encyclopædia of antiquities
      the Classical forfices

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for forfex in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)


Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

According to De Vaan, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰrdʰ- and so, cognate with Ancient Greek πέρθω (pérthō, to sack, to ravage) and πορθέω (porthéō, to pillage)[1].

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

forfex f (genitive forficis); third declension

  1. pair of shears or scissors

Inflection[edit]

Third declension.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative forfex forficēs
Genitive forficis forficum
Dative forficī forficibus
Accusative forficem forficēs
Ablative forfice forficibus
Vocative forfex forficēs

Descendants[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ De Vaan, Michiel (2008) Etymological Dictionary of Latin and the other Italic Languages (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 7), Leiden, Boston: Brill