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From Ancient Greek σκόπελος (skópelos, lookout place: hence peak, headland, promontory), from σκοπέω (skopéō). Cf. specula and specus, from the same root.


scopulus m (genitive scopulī); second declension

  1. crag (projecting rock)
  2. rock (in/under the sea)


Second declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative scopulus scopulī
genitive scopulī scopulōrum
dative scopulō scopulīs
accusative scopulum scopulōs
ablative scopulō scopulīs
vocative scopule scopulī

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  • scopulus in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • scopulus in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • du Cange, Charles (1883), “scopulus”, in G. A. Louis Henschel, Pierre Carpentier, Léopold Favre, editors, Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (in Latin), Niort: L. Favre
  • scopulus” in Félix Gaffiot’s Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette (1934)
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • the ship strikes on the rocks: navis ad scopulos alliditur (B. C. 3. 27)