semita

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See also: Semita and sémita

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Latin, a path.

Noun[edit]

semita (plural semitae)

  1. A fasciole of a spatangoid sea urchin.

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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.


Italian[edit]

Adjective[edit]

semita m (feminine semita, masculine plural semiti, feminine plural semite)

  1. Semitic

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Noun[edit]

semita m (plural semiti) semita f (plural semite)

  1. Semite

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Perhaps from sē- (apart, away from) +‎ meātus (traveled, traversed, perfect passive participle of meō (go along, pass)).[1] In this proposal, the combined form would have had to undergo non-initial vowel reduction, giving *sēmeāta > *sēmiāta > sēmita. The vowel coalescence of -iā- > -i- as opposed to -ī-, however, is not entirely convincing.

Other sources have attempted to derive sēmita from sēm(i)- (half) +‎ itus (the perfect participial stem of (go, walk)) with the meaning of “half a path”. [2]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

sēmita f (genitive sēmitae); first declension

  1. narrow way, footpath

Declension[edit]

First declension.

Number Singular Plural
nominative sēmita sēmitae
genitive sēmitae sēmitārum
dative sēmitae sēmitīs
accusative sēmitam sēmitās
ablative sēmitā sēmitīs
vocative sēmita sēmitae

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References[edit]

  1. ^ sēmita” on page 1,909/3 of the Oxford Latin Dictionary (2nd ed., 2012)
  2. ^ Sēmĭta” on page 142 of Rev. Francis Edward Jackson Valpy's A Manual of Latin Etymology, as Ultimately Derived, but with Few Exceptions, from the Greek Language. Longman, 1852.
  • sēmĭta” in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1879.
  • sēmĭta” on page 1,420/3 of Félix Gaffiot’s Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français (1934)
  • sēmita” on page 1,732/2 of the Oxford Latin Dictionary (1st ed., 1968–82)

Spanish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • Homophone: cemita (Americas)

Adjective[edit]

semita m, f (plural semitas)

  1. Semitic

Noun[edit]

semita m, f (plural semitas)

  1. Semite
  2. (Bolivia, Ecuador, feminine only) a kind of biscuit

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