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From Proto-Indo-European *sweysd- (to hiss), related to Welsh chwythu (play instrument, blow), Old Irish setim (I blow), Polish gwizdać (whistle), Old Church Slavonic свистати (svistati, whistle), Sanskrit क्ष्वेडति (kṣveḍati, whisper, hum, buzz), Hindi sītī (sītī, whistle), Old High German sweglon (flute) and Gothic 𐍃𐍅𐌹𐌲𐌻𐍉𐌽 (swiglōn, play flute).[1]



sībilus m (genitive sībilī); second declension

  1. a hissing, whistling
  2. a contemptuous hissing


Second declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative sībilus sībilī
genitive sībilī sībilōrum
dative sībilō sībilīs
accusative sībilum sībilōs
ablative sībilō sībilīs
vocative sībile sībilī

Derived terms[edit]


  • sibilus in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • sibilus in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • sibilus in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  1. ^ Gamkrelidze, Th. V.; Ivanov, V. V. (1995) Indo-European and the Indo-Europeans. A Reconstruction and Historical Analysis of a Proto-Language and Proto-Culture. Part I: The Text (Trends in linguistics. Studies and monographs; 80), Berlin, New York: Mouton de Gruyter