pollex

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Latin pollex

Noun[edit]

pollex (plural pollices)

  1. The thumb; the first, or preaxial, digit of the forelimb, corresponding to the hallux in the hind limb. In birds, the pollex is the joint which bears the alula or bastard wing.
    • 1955, Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita:
      We came to know the curious roadside species, Hitchhiking Man, Homo pollex of science, with all its many sub-species and forms.

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Perhaps cognate with Proto-Slavic *palьcь, but contaminated with Latin polleō (hence pollex not *pōlex).

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Noun[edit]

pollex m (genitive pollicis); third declension

  1. thumb
  2. great toe
  3. a unit of distance, equivalent to approximately 24.6 mm; one uncia (see also: Ancient Roman units of measurement)
  4. seal (insignia)

Inflection[edit]

Third declension.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative pollex pollicēs
Genitive pollicis pollicum
Dative pollicī pollicibus
Accusative pollicem pollicēs
Ablative pollice pollicibus
Vocative pollex pollicēs

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  • pollex in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • pollex in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • pollex in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition, 1883–1887)
  • pollex in William Smith, editor (1848) A Dictionary of Greek Biography and Mythology, London: John Murray