vernix

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Medieval Latin vernix (varnish).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

vernix (uncountable)

  1. (medicine) Vernix caseosa; a fatty deposit covering the skin of newborn babies.
    • 2004, Armin A Brott, The New Father, Mitchell Beazley 2011, p. 21:
      The cheesy stuff is called vernix, and it's a natural moisturizer that protects the baby's skin while she's in the womb.
    • 2009, Sam Leith, The Guardian, 7 Nov 2009:
      But when – like Troy in the end of the film – you are presented for the first time with an angry, purple, bloody, vernix-covered, shit-smeared, breathing human being, everything changes.

Latin[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Perhaps from Byzantine Greek Βερενίκη (Bereníkē), from Ancient Greek. Also perhaps from Sanskrit वर्ण (varṇa, color).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

vernīx m (genitive vernīcis); third declension

  1. (Medieval Latin) varnish
  2. (Medieval Latin) resin

Declension[edit]

Third-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative vernīx vernīcēs
Genitive vernīcis vernīcum
Dative vernīcī vernīcibus
Accusative vernīcem vernīcēs
Ablative vernīce vernīcibus
Vocative vernīx vernīcēs

Derived terms[edit]

Descendants[edit]

  • Catalan: vernís
  • Old French: vernis

References[edit]

  • vernix in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition, 1883–1887)
  • uernix in Ramminger, Johann (accessed 22.5.2015) Neulateinische Wortliste: Ein Wörterbuch des Lateinischen von Petrarca bis 1700[1], pre-publication website, 2005-2016