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From Proto-Indo-European *péḱu (cattle). Cognate with Sanskrit पशु (paśu), Lithuanian pekus and Proto-Germanic *fehu (whence English fee, German Vieh, Low German Veeh, Dutch vee, Danish ).



pecū n (genitive *pecūs); fourth declension

  1. cattle
  2. domestic animals


Fourth declension neuter, dative/ablative plural in -ubus.

Case Singular Plural
nominative pecū pecua
genitive *pecūs pecuum
dative pecū pecubus
accusative pecū pecua
ablative pecū pecubus
vocative pecū pecua

In the singular, only attested in the ablative.

Derived terms[edit]


  • pecu in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • pecu in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • pecu in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français [Illustrated Latin-French Dictionary], Hachette
  • De Vaan, Michiel (2008) Etymological Dictionary of Latin and the other Italic Languages (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 7), Leiden, Boston: Brill, page 454