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Uncertain. Compare Ancient Greek -φόρος (-phóros, -bearing), Ancient Greek πόρος (póros, a passage; passage-way; ford; bridge), Old High German bara, para (a bar; barrier).


forus m (genitive forī); second declension

  1. (nautical) a gangway
  2. (in a circus or stadium) a row of seats
  3. a cell of bees


Second-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative forus forī
Genitive forī forōrum
Dative forō forīs
Accusative forum forōs
Ablative forō forīs
Vocative fore forī


  • forus in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • forus in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • forus in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition, 1883–1887)
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • (ambiguous) at home; in one's native country: domi (opp. foris)
    • (ambiguous) credit has disappeared: fides (de foro) sublata est (Leg. Agr. 2. 3. 8)
    • (ambiguous) to shun publicity: publico carere, forum ac lucem fugere