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See also: pæninsula


Alternative forms[edit]


Coined by Livy (59 BCE – 17 CE): paene (nearly”, “almost) + īnsula (island).[1]



paenīnsula f (genitive paenīnsulae); first declension

  1. peninsula
    Italia et Graecia paeninsulae sunt.
    Italy and Greece are peninsulas.


First declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative paenīnsula paenīnsulae
genitive paenīnsulae paenīnsulārum
dative paenīnsulae paenīnsulīs
accusative paenīnsulam paenīnsulās
ablative paenīnsulā paenīnsulīs
vocative paenīnsula paenīnsulae

Related terms[edit]



  • paeninsula in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • paeninsula in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • paeninsula in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • a peninsula projects into the sea: paeninsula in mare excurrit, procurrit
  1. ^ Famous Firsts in the Ancient Greek and Roman World by David Matz (2000; McFarland; →ISBN, 9780786405992), page 121
    Livy was the first Roman author to combine the words paene (almost) and insula (island) into one: paeninsula. He used the word in the course of his description of the location of New Carthage, on the Spanish coast (26.42).