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taurus (a bull)

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From Proto-Italic *tauros, from Proto-Indo-European *táwros.



taurus m (genitive taurī); second declension

  1. a bull, steer
  2. the constellation Taurus the bull
    • 43 BCEc. 17 CE, Ovid, Fasti 4.717-718:
      vacca sit an taurus, nōn est cognōscere prōmptum:
      pars prior appāret, posteriōra latent.
      Whether it is a cow or a bull is not easy to know:
      the front part appears, the hindquarters lie hidden.

      (Although Ovid wryly observes that Taurus (constellation) depicts only the head, horns, and forequarters of this mythological animal, traditionally it was seen as a ‘‘taurus’’ and not a ‘‘vacca’’ charging in the sky.)
  3. an instrument of torture, in the shape of a bull
  4. a small bird that sounds like the lowing of oxen, possibly the bittern
  5. a kind of beetle
  6. (anatomy) the perineum


Second-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative taurus taurī
Genitive taurī taurōrum
Dative taurō taurīs
Accusative taurum taurōs
Ablative taurō taurīs
Vocative taure taurī


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  • taurus”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • taurus”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • taurus in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition with additions by D. P. Carpenterius, Adelungius and others, edited by Léopold Favre, 1883–1887)
  • taurus in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette
  • taurus”, in The Perseus Project (1999) Perseus Encyclopedia[1]
  • taurus”, in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • taurus”, in William Smith, editor (1848) A Dictionary of Greek Biography and Mythology, London: John Murray
  • “toro” in: Alberto Nocentini, Alessandro Parenti, “l'Etimologico — Vocabolario della lingua italiana”, Le Monnier, 2010, →ISBN




taurus m

  1. accusative plural of taurs