nimbus

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin nimbus (dark cloud)

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Noun[edit]

nimbus (plural nimbi or nimbuses)

  1. A circle of light; a halo.
  2. A gray rain cloud.

Usage notes[edit]

  • (circle of light): In heraldry and art, a nimbus may be considered distinct from a halo. The term halo can refer to an open ring of light or of gold behind the head of a saint, while nimbus refers to a solid disk of light or gold.

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  • (circle of light): halo

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Indo-European *nébʰos (cloud). Cognates include Latin nebula, Proto-Slavic *nebo (heaven, sky), Sanskrit नभस् (nábhas, sky) and Ancient Greek νέφος (néphos).

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Noun[edit]

nimbus m (genitive nimbī); second declension

  1. rainstorm, rain shower
  2. rain cloud, thunder cloud
  3. cloud
  4. halo (visible aura of divine power)
  5. throng
  6. (figuratively) calamity, tempest

Inflection[edit]

Second declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative nimbus nimbī
genitive nimbī nimbōrum
dative nimbō nimbīs
accusative nimbum nimbōs
ablative nimbō nimbīs
vocative nimbe nimbī

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References[edit]

  • nimbus in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • nimbus in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • du Cange, Charles (1883), “nimbus”, in G. A. Louis Henschel, Pierre Carpentier, Léopold Favre, editors, Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (in Latin), Niort: L. Favre
  • nimbus” in Félix Gaffiot’s Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette (1934)

Serbo-Croatian[edit]

Noun[edit]

nimbus m (Cyrillic spelling нимбус)

  1. (religion) halo
  2. nimbus

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