musca

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See also: muşca, muscă, muscã, and Musca

Latin[edit]

musca (a fly)

Etymology[edit]

From a Proto-Indo-European root *mus-, *mu-, *mew-. Cognates with the Sanskrit मशक ‎(maśáka), Old Church Slavonic моуха ‎(muxa), and the Ancient Greek μυῖα ‎(muîa, a fly) of which μυἱσκα ‎(mhuiska) may be a diminutive form. Confer the German Mücke ‎(mosquito) and English midge and mosquito (the latter is from Spanish, and it is a diminutive of mosca, from musca).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

musca f ‎(genitive muscae); first declension

  1. a fly (insect)
    Puer, abige muscas.
    Repel those flies, boy.
  2. (transferred meaning) an inquisitive or prying people

Inflection[edit]

First declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative musca muscae
genitive muscae muscārum
dative muscae muscīs
accusative muscam muscās
ablative muscā muscīs
vocative musca muscae

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Descendants[edit]

References[edit]

  • musca” in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1879.
  • musca” in Félix Gaffiot (1934), Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Paris: Hachette.
  • musca” in Ramminger, Johann (accessed 16 July 2016) Neulateinische Wortliste: Ein Wörterbuch des Lateinischen von Petrarca bis 1700[1], pre-publication website, 2005-2016

Romanian[edit]

Noun[edit]

musca f

  1. definite singular nominative and accusative form of muscă.