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Of obscure origin, but said to be an Ancient Greek borrowing.[1] According to the American Heritage Dictionary, possibly a back-formation from plural pulpita, perhaps (via Etruscan *pulputa or *pulpta), from Ancient Greek πολύποδα (polúpoda), neuter plural of πολύπους (polúpous, trodden by many feet, having many feet).



pulpitum n (genitive pulpitī); second declension

  1. platform, scaffold, or pulpit for public presentations or lectures
  2. stage (for actors)


Second declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative pulpitum pulpita
genitive pulpitī pulpitōrum
dative pulpitō pulpitīs
accusative pulpitum pulpita
ablative pulpitō pulpitīs
vocative pulpitum pulpita

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  • pulpitum in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • du Cange, Charles (1883), “pulpitum”, in G. A. Louis Henschel, Pierre Carpentier, Léopold Favre, editors, Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (in Latin), Niort: L. Favre
  • pulpitum in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français [Illustrated Latin-French Dictionary], Hachette
  • pulpitum in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • pulpitum in William Smith et al., editor (1890) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: William Wayte. G. E. Marindin
  1. ^ Szemerényi, Considine, Hooker, Scripta minora: selected essays in Indo-European, Greek, and Latin, Volume 2