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Perfect passive participle of tegō (cover; shelter).


tēctus m (feminine tēcta, neuter tēctum); first/second declension

  1. Covered, concealed, hidden, having been covered, hidden or concealed.
  2. Sheltered, protected, guarded, defended, having been sheltered, protected, guarded or defended; roofed.
  3. Reserved, cautious, secretive.


First/second declension.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masculine Feminine Neuter Masculine Feminine Neuter
nominative tēctus tēcta tēctum tēctī tēctae tēcta
genitive tēctī tēctae tēctī tēctōrum tēctārum tēctōrum
dative tēctō tēctō tēctīs
accusative tēctum tēctam tēctum tēctōs tēctās tēcta
ablative tēctō tēctā tēctō tēctīs
vocative tēcte tēcta tēctum tēctī tēctae tēcta



  • tectus in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • tectus in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • du Cange, Charles (1883), “tectus”, in G. A. Louis Henschel, Pierre Carpentier, Léopold Favre, editors, Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (in Latin), Niort: L. Favre
  • tectus” in Félix Gaffiot’s Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette (1934)
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • to set fire to houses: ignem tectis inferre, subicere
    • to welcome to one's house (opp. to shut one's door against some one): tecto, (in) domum suam aliquem recipere (opp. prohibere aliquem tecto, domo)
    • to invite some one to one's house: invitare aliquem tecto ac domo or domum suam (Liv. 3. 14. 5)