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From Old Latin loucos, from Proto-Indo-European *lówkos (open space, clearing), which is derived from the root *lewk- (bright).
Cognates include Proto-Germanic *lauhaz (clearing), Sanskrit लोक (loka, free space).



lūcus m (genitive lūcī); second declension

  1. A grove sacred to a deity
  2. (poetic) a wood


Second declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative lūcus lūcī
genitive lūcī lūcōrum
dative lūcō lūcīs
accusative lūcum lūcōs
ablative lūcō lūcīs
vocative lūce lūcī

Derived terms[edit]



  • lucus in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • lucus in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • du Cange, Charles (1883), “lucus”, in G. A. Louis Henschel, Pierre Carpentier, Léopold Favre, editors, Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (in Latin), Niort: L. Favre
  • lucus in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français [Illustrated Latin-French Dictionary], Hachette
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • (ambiguous) in full daylight: luce (luci)
  • lucus in William Smith, editor (1854, 1857) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography, volume 1 & 2, London: Walton and Maberly
  • Lewis & Short A Latin Dictionary