pecus

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

pecus f ‎(genitive pecudis); third declension

  1. sheep
  2. cattle
  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].

Inflection[edit]

Third declension.

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

Related terms[edit]

Noun[edit]

pecus n ‎(genitive pecoris); third declension

  1. cattle (collectively)
  2. herd

Inflection[edit]

Third declension neuter.

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

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Descendants[edit]

References[edit]

  • pecus1” in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1879.
  • pecus2” in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1879.
  • pecus3” in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1879.