ichneumon

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin ichneumōn, from Ancient Greek ἰχνεύμων (ikhneúmōn, tracker), from ἴχνος (íkhnos, track, footstep).

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Noun[edit]

ichneumon (plural ichneumons)

  1. The Egyptian mongoose, Herpestes ichneumon, found in Africa and southern Europe.
  2. The ichneumon wasp.
    • 1969, Vladimir Nabokov, Ada or Ardor, Penguin 2011, p. 43:
      Ada's unique Lorelei Underwing had died, paralyzed by some ichneumon that had not been deceived by those clever prominences and fungoid smudges.

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ichneumon m (plural ichneumons)

  1. ichneumon

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek ἰχνεύμων (ikhneúmōn, tracker), from ἴχνος (íkhnos, track, footstep).

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Noun[edit]

ichneumōn m (genitive ichneumonis); third declension

  1. Egyptian mongoose, Herpestes ichneumon
    • ...deinde internecivum bellum cum ichneumone.
      ...and in the next place she has given it war to the death with the ichneumon.
      Pliny the Elder, Natural History, VIII.35
  2. ichneumon wasp, ichneumon fly
    • ...mustela et cornix, turtur et pyrallis, ichneumones vespae et phalangia aranei...
      ...the weasel and the crow, the turtle-dove and the pyrallis, ichneumon-flies and spiders...
      Pliny the Elder, Natural History, X.95

Declension[edit]

Third-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative ichneumōn ichneumonēs
Genitive ichneumonis ichneumonum
Dative ichneumonī ichneumonibus
Accusative ichneumonem ichneumonēs
Ablative ichneumone ichneumonibus
Vocative ichneumōn ichneumonēs

References[edit]

  • ichneumon in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • ichneumon in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette