valva

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See also: válva, välva, vâlvă, and valvă

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin valva. Doublet of valve.

Noun[edit]

valva (plural valvae)

  1. A paired copulatory organ of males in some species of insects that helps the male clasp the female.

Italian[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈval.va/
  • Rhymes: -alva
  • Hyphenation: vàl‧va

Noun[edit]

valva f (plural valve)

  1. (anatomy, zoology) valve, half shell

Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Indo-European *welH- (to turn, wind, round). Cognate with Latin volvō (I roll).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

valva f (genitive valvae); first declension

  1. double or folding door (in plural)
  2. one leaf of such doors

Declension[edit]

First-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative valva valvae
Genitive valvae valvārum
Dative valvae valvīs
Accusative valvam valvās
Ablative valvā valvīs
Vocative valva valvae

Descendants[edit]

  • English: valva
  • Middle English: valve

References[edit]

  • valva”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • valva in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette
  • Carl Meißner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • (ambiguous) to barricade a door (a city-gate): valvas (portam) obstruere
  • valva”, in William Smith, editor (1854, 1857) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography, volume 1 & 2, London: Walton and Maberly

Portuguese[edit]

Noun[edit]

valva f (plural valvas)

  1. (anatomy) valve (membrane which permits passage in one direction)
    Synonym: válvula

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Spanish[edit]

Noun[edit]

valva f (plural valvas)

  1. (anatomy) valve

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