niveus

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Derived from the oblique stem niv- of nix (snow) +‎ -eus (-an, adjective-forming derivational suffix).

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

niveus (feminine nivea, neuter niveum); first/second-declension adjective

  1. (relational) snow, snowy, snowclad, snow-covered
  2. snow-white
    • 86 - 103 C.E.Martial, Epigrammata, 5.43
      Thais habet nigros, niveos Laecania dentes
      Quae ratio est? Emptos haec habet, illa suos.
      Thais has black teeth, Laecania has snow-white.
      What's the reason? The latter has bought hers; the former has her own.

Declension[edit]

First/second-declension adjective.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masculine Feminine Neuter Masculine Feminine Neuter
Nominative niveus nivea niveum niveī niveae nivea
Genitive niveī niveae niveī niveōrum niveārum niveōrum
Dative niveō niveō niveīs
Accusative niveum niveam niveum niveōs niveās nivea
Ablative niveō niveā niveō niveīs
Vocative nivee nivea niveum niveī niveae nivea

Related terms[edit]

Descendants[edit]

  • English: niveous
  • Italian: niveo
  • Portuguese: níveo
  • Spanish: níveo

See also[edit]

Colors in Latin · colōrēs (layout · text)
     candidus, albus, niveus, cēreus, marmoreus, eburneus, cānus      rāvus, pullus, cinereus, cineraceus, plumbeusgrīseus (ML. or NL.)      āter, niger, piceus
             pūniceusmurrinus, rūfus, ruber, russus, rubrīcus, mulleus; cocceus, coccīnus, badius              rutilus, armeniacus, auranteus, aurantiacus; fuscus, colōrius, cervīnus, spādīx              gilvus, helvus, fulvus, flāvus, croceus, pallidus, lūteus, blondinus (ML.)
             galbus, galbinus, lūridus              viridis              prasinus
             cȳaneus              caeruleus, azurīnus (ML.), blavus (ML.)              glaucus; līvidus; venetus
             violāceus, ianthinus, balaustīnus (NL.)              ostrīnus, amethystīnus              purpureus, ātropurpureus, roseus, rosāceus

References[edit]

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