orbis

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Of uncertain origin. May stem from Proto-Indo-European *h₃erbhis ‎(circle, orb), or alternatively *h₃erǵʰi-.

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Noun[edit]

orbis m ‎(genitive orbis); third declension

  1. circle, ring
  2. a circular motion
  3. a rotation
  4. a disc or disc-shaped object
  5. the Earth, the world, the globe [often written as orbis terrarum]
    totus orbis terrarum
    the whole wide world

Inflection[edit]

Third declension, alternative ablative singular in and accusative plural in -īs.

Case Singular Plural
nominative orbis orbēs
genitive orbis orbium
dative orbī orbibus
accusative orbem orbēs
orbīs
ablative orbe
orbī
orbibus
vocative orbis orbēs

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References[edit]

  • Watkins, Calvert, ed., The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo-European Roots, 2nd ed., Houghton Mifflin Co., 2000.