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See also: Insula, insulă, and ínsula



From Latin insula (island). Doublet of isle.



insula (plural insulas or insulae)

  1. (historical) A block of buildings in a Roman town.
  2. (neuroanatomy) A structure of the human brain located within the lateral sulcus.
    Synonyms: insular cortex, island of Reil
    • 2007, February 6, “Sandra Blakeslee”, in New York Times[1]:
      All mammals have insulas that read their body condition, Dr. Craig said.
    • 2011, Steven Pinker, The Better Angels of Our Nature, Penguin, published 2012, page 608:
      The insula registers our physical gut feelings, including the sensation of a distended stomach and other inner states like nausea, warmth, a full bladder, and a pounding heart.

Derived terms[edit]





insulo (island) +‎ -a


  • IPA(key): [inˈsula]
  • Audio:
  • Rhymes: -ula
  • Hyphenation: in‧su‧la


insula (accusative singular insulan, plural insulaj, accusative plural insulajn)

  1. insular



insula (plural insulas)

  1. island

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īnsula in marī Adriāticō (an island in the Adriatic Sea)


From Proto-Italic *enselā, of uncertain origin. The resemblance to Ancient Greek νῆσος (nêsos, island) and Proto-Celtic *enistī (island) (whence Breton enez, Irish inis and Welsh ynys) appears to be purely accidental.

Pokorny (1959) tentatively connects it to salum (the sea): he posits ellipsis from terra in salō (land in the sea) to in (in) + salō, invoking the similar Ancient Greek word ἔναλος (énalos, maritime).



īnsula f (genitive īnsulae); first declension

  1. island
  2. insula, a residential or apartment block (usually for the lower class), tenement, apartment building


First-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative īnsula īnsulae
Genitive īnsulae īnsulārum
Dative īnsulae īnsulīs
Accusative īnsulam īnsulās
Ablative īnsulā īnsulīs
Vocative īnsula īnsulae

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  • insula”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • insula”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • insula in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition with additions by D. P. Carpenterius, Adelungius and others, edited by Léopold Favre, 1883–1887)
  • insula in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette
  • Carl Meißner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[2], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • to double an island, cape: superare insulam, promunturium
  • insula”, in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • insula”, in Samuel Ball Platner (1929), Thomas Ashby, editor, A Topographical Dictionary of Ancient Rome, London: Oxford University Press
  • insula”, in William Smith, editor (1854, 1857) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography, volume 1 & 2, London: Walton and Maberly
  • insula”, in William Smith et al., editor (1890) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: William Wayte. G. E. Marindin
  • De Vaan, Michiel (2008) Etymological Dictionary of Latin and the other Italic Languages (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 7)‎[3], Leiden, Boston: Brill, →ISBN




insula f

  1. definite nominative singular of insulă: the island
  2. definite accusative singular of insulă: the island