From Latin fornix (“arch, vault; brothel”) Arch as in a passageway, it was customary for courtesans of the era to wait for their customers out of the rain under these archways.
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fornicate (comparative more fornicate, superlative most fornicate)
- Shaped like an arch or vault; resembling a fornix.
fornicate (third-person singular simple present fornicates, present participle fornicating, simple past and past participle fornicated)
- (intransitive) To commit fornication.
- second-person plural present indicative of fornicare
- second-person plural imperative of fornicare
- feminine plural of fornicato
- vocative masculine singular of fornicātus