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Stative from Proto-Italic *wlikʷēō, from Proto-Indo-European *wlikʷ-éh₁-ye-ti, from *wleykʷ- (to flow, run) (compare Irish fliuch (wet), Tocharian A lyīktsi (to wash)).



liqueō (present infinitive liquēre, perfect active licuī); second conjugation, no passive, no supine stem

  1. I am liquid, fluid.
    • c. 65 CE, Seneca the Younger, Naturales quaestiones 6.5.1:
      Causam qua terra concutitur alii in aqua esse, alii in ignibus, alii in ipsa terra, alii in spiritu putauerunt, alii in pluribus, alii in omnibus his; quidam liquere ipsis aliquam ex istis causam esse dixerunt, sed non liquere quae esset.
  2. I am clear, transparent, limpid.
  3. (figuratively) I am clear, evident, apparent.


  • The third principal part may be licuī or liquī.
   Conjugation of liqueō (second conjugation, no supine stem, active only)
indicative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present liqueō liquēs liquet liquēmus liquētis liquent
imperfect liquēbam liquēbās liquēbat liquēbāmus liquēbātis liquēbant
future liquēbō liquēbis liquēbit liquēbimus liquēbitis liquēbunt
perfect licuī licuistī licuit licuimus licuistis licuērunt, licuēre
pluperfect licueram licuerās licuerat licuerāmus licuerātis licuerant
future perfect licuerō licueris licuerit licuerimus licueritis licuerint
subjunctive singular plural
first second third first second third
active present liqueam liqueās liqueat liqueāmus liqueātis liqueant
imperfect liquērem liquērēs liquēret liquērēmus liquērētis liquērent
perfect licuerim licuerīs licuerit licuerīmus licuerītis licuerint
pluperfect licuissem licuissēs licuisset licuissēmus licuissētis licuissent
imperative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present liquē liquēte
future liquētō liquētō liquētōte liquentō
non-finite forms active passive
present perfect future present perfect future
infinitives liquēre licuisse
participles liquēns
verbal nouns gerund supine
genitive dative accusative ablative accusative ablative
liquendī liquendō liquendum liquendō

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  • Spanish: licuar

See also[edit]


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