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From saliō (I leap, jump) +‎ -āx (inclined to).



salāx (genitive salācis); third-declension one-termination adjective

  1. (especially of male animals) prone to leaping
  2. salacious, lustful, lecherous, lascivious
    • 8 CE, Ovid, Fasti 4.771–772:
      ‘sitque salāx ariēs, conceptaque sēmina coniūnx
      reddat, et in stabulō multa sit agna meō.’
      ‘‘And may the ram be lustful, and may his mate return the seeds having been received,
      and in my stable may there be many a lamb.’’

      (A shepherd’s prayer to Pales.)
  3. lust-provoking, provocative


Third-declension one-termination adjective.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masc./Fem. Neuter Masc./Fem. Neuter
Nominative salāx salācēs salācia
Genitive salācis salācium
Dative salācī salācibus
Accusative salācem salāx salācēs salācia
Ablative salācī salācibus
Vocative salāx salācēs salācia

Derived terms[edit]


  • English: salacious
  • French: salace
  • Italian: salace
  • Portuguese: salaz
  • Spanish: salaz


  • salax”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • salax”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • salax in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition with additions by D. P. Carpenterius, Adelungius and others, edited by Léopold Favre, 1883–1887)
  • salax in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette.