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From ōrō (plead, beg; pray, entreat) +‎ -culum.



ōrāculum n (genitive ōrāculī); second declension

  1. A divine announcement, oracle.
  2. A prophetic declaration; prophecy.
  3. A place where oracular responses were given; oracle.
  4. An oracular saying, maxim.
  5. An imperial rescript.


Second-declension noun (neuter).

Case Singular Plural
Nominative ōrāculum ōrācula
Genitive ōrāculī ōrāculōrum
Dative ōrāculō ōrāculīs
Accusative ōrāculum ōrācula
Ablative ōrāculō ōrāculīs
Vocative ōrāculum ōrācula

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  • oraculum in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • oraculum in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • oraculum in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition, 1883–1887)
  • oraculum in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • to consult an oracle: oraculum consulere
    • to ask for an oracular response: oraculum petere (ab aliquo)
    • to give an oracular response: oraculum dare, edere
    • an oracle given by the Delphian Apollo (Apollo Pythius): oraculum Pythium (Pythicum)
  • oraculum in William Smith et al., editor (1890) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: William Wayte. G. E. Marindin