rhombus

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English[edit]

A pair of rhombi.
A rhombus (flatfish)
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Etymology[edit]

From Latin rhombus, from Ancient Greek ῥόμβος (rhómbos, rhombus, spinning top), from ῥέμβω (rhémbō, I turn around).

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Noun[edit]

rhombus (plural rhombi or rhombuses)

  1. (zoology, now rare) Any of several flatfishes, including the brill and turbot, once considered part of the genus Rhombus, now in Scophthalmus. [from 16th c.]
    • 1638, Thomas Herbert, Some Yeares Travels, I:
      the greedy Tuberon or Shark arm'd with a double row of venemous teeth pursues them, directed by a little Rhombus, Musculus or pilot-fish that scuds to and fro to bring intelligence [...].
  2. (zoology, archaic) Snails, now in Conus.
  3. (geometry) A parallelogram having all sides of equal length. [from 16th c.]

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  • rhombus at OneLook Dictionary Search
  • rhombus in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911

Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek ῥόμβος (rhómbos, rhombus, spinning top), from ῥέμβω (rhémbō, I turn around).

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Noun[edit]

rhombus m (genitive rhombī); second declension

  1. rhombus (geometry)

Inflection[edit]

Second declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative rhombus rhombī
genitive rhombī rhombōrum
dative rhombō rhombīs
accusative rhombum rhombōs
ablative rhombō rhombīs
vocative rhombe rhombī

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References[edit]

  • rhombus in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • rhombus in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • du Cange, Charles (1883), “rhombus”, in G. A. Louis Henschel, Pierre Carpentier, Léopold Favre, editors, Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (in Latin), Niort: L. Favre
  • rhombus” in Félix Gaffiot’s Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette (1934)
  • rhombus in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • rhombus in William Smith et al., editor (1890) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: William Wayte. G. E. Marindin