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pullus (plural pulli)

  1. (zoology) A chick; a young bird in the downy stage.

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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.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 pullus in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)



Etymology 1[edit]

From Proto-Indo-European *polH- (animal young) (also see Ancient Greek πῶλος (pôlos), English foal, Albanian pelë ‘mare’, Old Armenian ուլ (ul, kid, fawn)), which is ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *peh₂w- (smallness). See also Old English fēaw (little, few), Sanskrit पोत (pota, young animal) Lithuanian putytis (young bird, young animal).


pullus m (genitive pullī); second declension

  1. chick
  2. A young animal.
  3. foal
  4. (term of endearment) darling
  5. (Late Latin) chicken

Second declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative pullus pullī
genitive pullī pullōrum
dative pullō pullīs
accusative pullum pullōs
ablative pullō pullīs
vocative pulle pullī
Derived terms[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

Related to palleō.


pullus (feminine pulla, neuter pullum); first/second declension

  1. dark-colored; dusky

First/second declension.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masculine Feminine Neuter Masculine Feminine Neuter
nominative pullus pulla pullum pullī pullae pulla
genitive pullī pullae pullī pullōrum pullārum pullōrum
dative pullō pullō pullīs
accusative pullum pullam pullum pullōs pullās pulla
ablative pullō pullā pullō pullīs
vocative pulle pulla pullum pullī pullae pulla


  • pullus in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • pullus in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • du Cange, Charles (1883), “pullus”, in G. A. Louis Henschel, Pierre Carpentier, Léopold Favre, editors, Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (in Latin), Niort: L. Favre
  • pullus in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français [Illustrated Latin-French Dictionary], Hachette
  • pullus in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers