fretum

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin fretum (strait, channel)

Noun[edit]

fretum (plural freta)

  1. strait; channel.

Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Indo-European *bʰrewh₁- (to brew, boil). Ultimately also related to ferveō, fretāle and dēfrutum[1].

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

fretum n (genitive fretī); second declension

  1. strait, sound, estuary, channel.
    • Marcus Tullius Cicero, Against Vatinius Ch. 5
      venerisne ad fretum per Mauretaniam?
      did you come to the strait via Mauritania?
  2. the seas.
  3. turmoil

Inflection[edit]

Second declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative fretum freta
genitive fretī fretōrum
dative fretō fretīs
accusative fretum freta
ablative fretō fretīs
vocative fretum freta

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pokorny, Julius (1959), “bh(e)rēi-”, in Indogermanisches etymologisches Wörterbuch [Indo-European Etymological Dictionary] (in German), volume I, Bern, München: Francke Verlag, pages 132-133