ginocchio

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Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Vulgar Latin *genuclum, syncopated from earlier *genuculum, variant of Late Latin geniculum, diminutive of Latin genū (knee), ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *ǵónu.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

ginocchio m (plural ginocchi m, alternative plural ginocchia f)

  1. (anatomy) knee

Usage notes[edit]

The masculine plural ginocchi can be used in most cases, the female plural ginocchia is still found in certain idioms:

sedere sulle ginocchia di qualcunoto be sitting on someone's lap (literally, “to sit on someone's knees”)
fa venire il latte alle ginocchiato watch paint dry (literally, “to get milk up one's knees”)

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