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Borrowed from Latin pictura (a painting)


pictura (plural picturae)

  1. The picture or image component of something, such as an emblem or poem, that contains a combination of imagery and text or symbols.
    • 2004, Steven Paul Scher, ‎Walter Bernhart, ‎& Werner Wolf, Essays on Literature and Music (1967-2004), →ISBN, page 57-58:
      It is customary to distinguish three components in an emblem: the pictura or symbolic image or picture, accompanied by the preceding inscriptio or motto and the subsequent subscriptio, usually an explication in verse of the idea expressed in combination of the inscriptio and the pictura.
    • 2010, Simon McKeown, The International Emblem: From Incunabula to the Internet, →ISBN, page 183:
      Clearly, the relationship between pictura and motto became more literal in this emblem.
    • 2014, Durant Waite Robertson, Essays in Medieval Culture, →ISBN, page 64:
      A poem may contain things which are significant in spite of the fact that the events it describes are a mere pictura of something which never happened.
  2. (zoology) A pattern of coloration.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for pictura in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)



pictura (plural picturas)

  1. picture
  2. painting



From pictum +‎ -tūra, from the supine of pingō (I paint).


  • (Classical) IPA(key): /pikˈtuː.ra/, [pɪkˈt̪uː.ra]
  • (Ecclesiastical) IPA(key): /pikˈtu.ra/, [pikˈt̪uː.ra]
  • (file)


pictūra f (genitive pictūrae); first declension

  1. painting, the art of painting
  2. picture (image), a painting
    Mūtum est pictūra poēma.
    A silent poem is a picture.


First-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative pictūra pictūrae
Genitive pictūrae pictūrārum
Dative pictūrae pictūrīs
Accusative pictūram pictūrās
Ablative pictūrā pictūrīs
Vocative pictūra pictūrae

Related terms[edit]


  • Catalan: pintura
  • English: picture
  • French: peinture
  • Galician: pintura
  • Irish: pictiúr
  • Italian: pittura