speculum

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin speculum (mirror), from specere (to see; to look at) + -ulum (forming tools of performing a verb)

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speculum (plural speculums or specula)

  1. (medicine) A medical instrument used during an examination to dilate an orifice.
  2. A mirror, especially one used in a telescope.
  3. (ornithology) A bright, lustrous patch of colour found on the wings of ducks and some other birds, usually situated on the distal portions of the secondary quills, and much more brilliant in the adult male than in the female.

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From speciō +‎ -ulum. Confer with spectrum.

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Noun[edit]

speculum n (genitive speculī); second declension

  1. a looking-glass, mirror

Inflection[edit]

Second declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative speculum specula
genitive speculī speculōrum
dative speculō speculīs
accusative speculum specula
ablative speculō speculīs
vocative speculum specula

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References[edit]

  • speculum in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • speculum in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • du Cange, Charles (1883), “speculum”, in G. A. Louis Henschel, Pierre Carpentier, Léopold Favre, editors, Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (in Latin), Niort: L. Favre
  • speculum” in Félix Gaffiot’s Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette (1934)
  • speculum in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • speculum in William Smith et al., editor (1890) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: William Wayte. G. E. Marindin