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From versō (turn) + color (colour)



versicolor (genitive versicolōris); third declension

  1. particoloured; of various colours; that changes its colour


Third declension.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masc./Fem. Neuter Masc./Fem. Neuter
nominative versicolor versicolōrēs versicolōria
genitive versicolōris versicolōrium
dative versicolōrī versicolōribus
accusative versicolōrem versicolor versicolōrēs versicolōria
ablative versicolōre, versicolōrī versicolōribus
vocative versicolor versicolōrēs versicolōria

Derived terms[edit]



  • Propertius. In: Propertius with an English translation by H. E. Butler, 1916, p. 198f.:
    sed Chio thalamo aut Oricia terebintho
    et fultum pluma versicolore caput.
    his rather to lie in a chamber of Chian marble or on a couch of Orician terebinth, his head propped on down of rainbow hues.
  • Publius Ovidius Naso, Fasti. In: Ovid's Fasti with an English translation by Sir James George Frazer, 1959, p. 286f.:
    cur tamen, ut dantur vestes Cerialibus albae,
    sic haec est cultu versicolore decens ?
    But why is it that whereas white robes are given out at the festival of Ceres, Flora is neatly clad in attire of many colours ?


  • versicolor in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • versicolor in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • versicolor in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette