vestigium

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Of unknown origin.[1][2] Maybe from earlier *verstigium, from verro, 'to sweep'.[3] Or, possibly from ve- +‎ *stīgō, from Proto-Indo-European *steygʰ-(to walk).

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Noun[edit]

vestīgium n ‎(genitive vestīgiī or vestīgī); second declension

  1. footprint, track
  2. trace, vestige, mark
  3. sole of the foot
  4. horseshoe
  5. (figuratively, of time) moment, instant

Inflection[edit]

Second declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative vestīgium vestīgia
genitive vestīgiī
vestīgī1
vestīgiōrum
dative vestīgiō vestīgiīs
accusative vestīgium vestīgia
ablative vestīgiō vestīgiīs
vocative vestīgium vestīgia

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

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References[edit]

  1. ^ vestige” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).
  2. ^ “vestigium” in the Oxford Latin Dictionary, 1968
  3. ^ De Vaan, Michiel (2008) Etymological Dictionary of Latin and the other Italic Languages (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 7), Leiden, Boston: Brill.