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From Latin


lituus (plural litui)

  1. A military trumpet.
    • 1786: Fig. 3. A Roman Lituus, or military trumpet, such as is mentioned by Horace in his first ode. — Francis Grose, A Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons, page vi.
  2. An augur's staff with a recurved top.
  3. (geometry) A curve with polar equation , where a is a constant.

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From Etruscan or from Proto-Indo-European *(e)lAi- (to bend)[1]. Compare English lith and German Glied (limb).



lituus m (genitive lituī); second declension

  1. a military trumpet
  2. a curved staff


Second declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative lituus lituī
genitive lituī lituōrum
dative lituō lituīs
accusative lituum lituōs
ablative lituō lituīs
vocative litue lituī

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  • lituus in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • lituus in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • lituus in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français [Illustrated Latin-French Dictionary], Hachette
  • lituus in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • lituus in William Smith et al., editor (1890) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: William Wayte. G. E. Marindin
  1. ^ Pokorny, Julius (1959), “ĕl-ĕq-”, in Indogermanisches etymologisches Wörterbuch [Indo-European Etymological Dictionary] (in German), volume I, Bern, München: Francke Verlag, pages 308-309