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pasco m (plural paschi) (Variant of: pascolo)

  1. pasture
  2. feeding
  3. food



  1. first-person singular present indicative of pascere




From Proto-Italic *pāskō, from Proto-Indo-European *peh₂- (to protect, shepherd). Compare Ancient Greek ποιμαίνω (poimaínō, to tend, feed, nourish).

Cognates include Attic Greek ποιμήν (poimḗn, shepherd), Sanskrit पाति (pā́ti, to protect), Old English fōda and fēdan (English food and feed), Old Church Slavonic пасти (pasti, to pasture), Russian пища (pišča).



pāscō (present infinitive pāscere, perfect active pāvī, supine pāstum); third conjugation

  1. I feed, nourish, maintain, support.
  2. I pasture, drive to pasture, attend.
  3. I feed, supply, cultivate, let grow
  4. (of animals) I graze, browse
  5. (figurative) I feast, delight, satisfy, feed, gratify
  6. I consume, lay waste, ravage, desolate
  7. (figurative, biblical, Ecclesiastical Latin) I tend to as a shepherd or pastor; cherish, nourish, care for, feed spiritually
    • Vulgate, Psalm 22:1 (Psalmi iuxta Heb. 23:1)
      Dominus pāscit mē et nihil mihī dēerit.
      The Lord is my shepherd and nothing shall I want.
      (literally, “The Lord tends me as a shepherd and nothing for me will be lacking.”)


   Conjugation of pāscō (third conjugation)
indicative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present pāscō pāscis pāscit pāscimus pāscitis pāscunt
imperfect pāscēbam pāscēbās pāscēbat pāscēbāmus pāscēbātis pāscēbant
future pāscam pāscēs pāscet pāscēmus pāscētis pāscent
perfect pāvī pāvistī, pāstī1 pāvit pāvimus pāvistis, pāstis1 pāvērunt, pāvēre
pluperfect pāveram pāverās pāverat pāverāmus pāverātis pāverant
future perfect pāverō pāveris pāverit pāverimus pāveritis pāverint
passive present pāscor pāsceris, pāscere pāscitur pāscimur pāsciminī pāscuntur
imperfect pāscēbar pāscēbāris, pāscēbāre pāscēbātur pāscēbāmur pāscēbāminī pāscēbantur
future pāscar pāscēris, pāscēre pāscētur pāscēmur pāscēminī pāscentur
perfect pāstus + present active indicative of sum
pluperfect pāstus + imperfect active indicative of sum
future perfect pāstus + future active indicative of sum
subjunctive singular plural
first second third first second third
active present pāscam pāscās pāscat pāscāmus pāscātis pāscant
imperfect pāscerem pāscerēs pāsceret pāscerēmus pāscerētis pāscerent
perfect pāverim pāverīs pāverit pāverīmus pāverītis pāverint
pluperfect pāvissem, pāssem1 pāvissēs, pāssēs1 pāvisset, pāsset1 pāvissēmus, pāssēmus1 pāvissētis, pāssētis1 pāvissent, pāssent1
passive present pāscar pāscāris, pāscāre pāscātur pāscāmur pāscāminī pāscantur
imperfect pāscerer pāscerēris, pāscerēre pāscerētur pāscerēmur pāscerēminī pāscerentur
perfect pāstus + present active subjunctive of sum
pluperfect pāstus + imperfect active subjunctive of sum
imperative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present pāsce pāscite
future pāscitō pāscitō pāscitōte pāscuntō
passive present pāscere pāsciminī
future pāscitor pāscitor pāscuntor
non-finite forms active passive
present perfect future present perfect future
infinitives pāscere pāvisse, pāsse1 pāstūrum esse pāscī pāstum esse pāstum īrī
participles pāscēns pāstūrus pāstus pāscendus, pāscundus
verbal nouns gerund supine
genitive dative accusative ablative accusative ablative
pāscendī pāscendō pāscendum pāscendō pāstum pāstū

1At least one rare poetic syncopated perfect form is attested.

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  • pasco in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • pasco in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • pasco in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • (ambiguous) to feast one's eyes with the sight of..: oculos pascere aliqua re (also simply pasci aliqua re)
    • (ambiguous) to feed a flock (of goats): pascere gregem
    • (ambiguous) the herds are grazing: greges pascuntur (Verg. G. 3. 162)