pulcher

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Etymology[edit]

Uncertain. Possibly from earlier polcher, which according to Walde-Hoffman and Pokorny reflects Proto-Indo-European *perḱ-(motley, variegated), with dissimilation *perḱ-ro-s > *pelḱ-ro-s. De Vaan[1] rejects that connection as both irregular and semantically incompatible, and assigns no etymology.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

pulcher m ‎(feminine pulchra, neuter pulchrum, comparative pulchrior, superlative pulcherrimus); first/second declension

  1. beautiful, fair, pretty
  2. (figuratively) noble, honorable, excellent
  3. (substantive) beauty

Inflection[edit]

First/second declension, nominative masculine singular in -er.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masculine Feminine Neuter Masculine Feminine Neuter
nominative pulcher pulchra pulchrum pulchrī pulchrae pulchra
genitive pulchrī pulchrae pulchrī pulchrōrum pulchrārum pulchrōrum
dative pulchrō pulchrō pulchrīs
accusative pulchrum pulchram pulchrum pulchrōs pulchrās pulchra
ablative pulchrō pulchrā pulchrō pulchrīs
vocative pulcher pulchra pulchrum pulchrī pulchrae pulchra

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References[edit]

  1. ^ De Vaan, Michiel (2008) Etymological Dictionary of Latin and the other Italic Languages (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 7), Leiden, Boston: Brill, page 496