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lignum (countable and uncountable, plural lignums)

  1. A perennial shrub, Duma florulenta, native to semiarid areas of inland Australia.
  2. Land covered by lignum.
    • 1992, Bob Magor, Blood on the Board, page 10:
      The assembled in the lignum / Where the Boss said pigs were thick.

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From Proto-Italic *legnom, from Proto-Indo-European *leǵ-no-m (that which is collected), from *leǵ-.



lignum n (genitive lignī); second declension

  1. firewood
  2. (later Latin) wood tissue
  3. tree
    • 405 CE, Jerome, Vulgate Psalm.1.3:
      Et erit tamquam lignum transplantatum iuxta rivulos aquarum quod fructum suum dabit in tempore suo. Et folium eius non defluet et omne quod fecerit prosperabitur
      And he shall be like a tree which is planted near the running waters, which shall bring forth its fruit, in due season. And his leaf shall not fall off: and all whosoever he shall do shall prosper (Douay-Rheims translation)


Second-declension noun (neuter).

Case Singular Plural
Nominative lignum ligna
Genitive lignī lignōrum
Dative lignō lignīs
Accusative lignum ligna
Ablative lignō lignīs
Vocative lignum ligna

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Several forms inherited from the plural ligna, reinterpreted as a feminine singular noun.


  • lignum”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • lignum”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • lignum 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)
  • lignum in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette