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Borrowed from Latin poculum.



poculum (plural pocula)

  1. A drinking-cup used in Ancient Rome.
    • 1989, Anthony Burgess, The Devil's Mode
      They sat together over elaborate glass pocula blown in Cologne; the wine too was Rhenish.

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From Proto-Italic *pōtlo- (with the instrument suffix *-tlo-, that yields -culum, compare Sanskrit पात्र (pātra, drinking vessel)), from Proto-Indo-European *peh₃- (drink). Compare bibo.



pōculum n (genitive pōculī); second declension

  1. a drinking cup.
    Visne poculum meri?
    Would you like a cup of strong wine?


Second declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative pōculum pōcula
genitive pōculī pōculōrum
dative pōculō pōculīs
accusative pōculum pōcula
ablative pōculō pōculīs
vocative pōculum pōcula

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  • poculum in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • poculum in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • poculum in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition, 1883–1887)
  • poculum in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • to drain the cup of poison: poculum mortis (mortiferum) exhaurire (Cluent. 11. 31)
    • I drink your health: propīno tibi hoc (poculum, salutem)
    • whilst drinking; at table: inter pocula
    • to empty a cup at a draught: exhaurire poculum
  • poculum in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • poculum in William Smith et al., editor (1890) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: William Wayte. G. E. Marindin
  • De Vaan, Michiel (2008) Etymological Dictionary of Latin and the other Italic Languages (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 7), Leiden, Boston: Brill