teruncius

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Latin teruncius

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teruncius (plural teruncii)

  1. (historical) An ancient Roman coin worth one quarter of an as.

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Substantivisation of the otherwise-unattested adjective *teruncius (of three twelfths) in elliptical use for the phrase nummus teruncius (a three-twelfths coin), the adjective deriving from ter (thrice) +‎ uncia (a twelth) +‎ -us (suffix forming adjectives).

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teruncius m (genitive terunciī or teruncī); second declension

  1. a bronze coin valued at three unciae or one-quarter of an as, a “farthing
    1. (transferred sense) something of negligible value, a trifle
  2. (of inheritances, in the phrase ex terunciō) a fourth part, a quarter

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Second declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative teruncius terunciī
genitive terunciī
teruncī1
terunciōrum
dative terunciō terunciīs
accusative teruncium terunciōs
ablative terunciō terunciīs
vocative teruncī terunciī

1Found in older Latin (until the Augustan Age).

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