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Derived from pecū, from Proto-Indo-European *peḱu-(livestock, domestic animals). Cognates include Sanskrit पशु(páśu, cattle), Old Armenian ասր(asr, fleece), Old Saxon fehu, Old English feoh, Gothic 𐍆𐌰𐌹𐌷𐌿(faihu), Old Norse , Swedish and Lithuanian pēkus(cattle).



pecus f (genitive pecudis); third declension

  1. sheep
  2. cattle
    • 100 BCE – 44 BCE, Julius Caesar, Commentarii de Bello Gallico 6.6
      Caesar partitis copiis cum Gaio Fabio legato et Marco Crasso quaestore celeriterque effectis pontibus adit tripertito, aedificia vicosque incendit, magno pecoris atque hominum numero potitur.
      Caesar, having divided his forces with C. Fabius, his lieutenant, and M. Crassus his questor, and having hastily constructed some bridges, enters their country in three divisions, burns their houses and villages, and gets possession of a large number of cattle and men.
  3. livestock
    • 29 bc. Vergil. Georgics, III
      omne adeo genvs in terris hominvmqve ferarvmqve
      et genvs æqvorevm pecvdes pictæqve volvcres
      in fvrias ignemqve rvvnt
      So far does every species on earth of man and beast,
      whether the aquatic species, livestock, or painted-winged,
      collapse into the frenzies and the fire [of sex].


Third declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative pecus pecudēs
genitive pecudis pecudum
dative pecudī pecudibus
accusative pecudem pecudēs
ablative pecude pecudibus
vocative pecus pecudēs

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pecus n (genitive pecoris); third declension

  1. cattle (collectively)
  2. herd


Third declension neuter.

Case Singular Plural
nominative pecus pecora
genitive pecoris pecorum
dative pecorī pecoribus
accusative pecus pecora
ablative pecore pecoribus
vocative pecus pecora

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  1. genitive singular of pecū