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From Proto-Indo-European *sweysd- (to hiss), related to Welsh chwythu (to play instrument, blow), Old Irish setim (to blow), Polish gwizdać (to whistle), Old Church Slavonic свистати (svistati, to whistle), Russian свисте́ть (svistétʹ, to whistle), Sanskrit क्ष्वेडति (kṣveḍati, to whisper, hum, buzz), Hindi सीटी (sīṭī, to whistle), Proto-Germanic *sweglō (flute) and Proto-Germanic *sweglōną (to play flute) (compare Old High German swegala (flute) and Gothic 𐍃𐍅𐌹𐌲𐌻𐍉𐌽 (swiglōn, to play flute)).[1]



sībilus m (genitive sībilī); second declension

  1. a hissing, whistling
  2. a contemptuous hissing


Second-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative sībilus sībilī
Genitive sībilī sībilōrum
Dative sībilō sībilīs
Accusative sībilum sībilōs
Ablative sībilō sībilīs
Vocative sībile sībilī

Derived terms[edit]


  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