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From volvo (I turn around, I roll)



volūbilis (neuter volūbile); third declension

  1. that turns itself around, turning, spinning, whirling, rolling, revolving
  2. (figuratively, of speech) rapid, fluent, voluble
  3. (figuratively, of fate) changeable, mutable


Third declension.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masc./Fem. Neuter Masc./Fem. Neuter
nominative volūbilis volūbile volūbilēs volūbilia
genitive volūbilis volūbilium
dative volūbilī volūbilibus
accusative volūbilem volūbile volūbilēs volūbilia
ablative volūbilī volūbilibus
vocative volūbilis volūbile volūbilēs volūbilia

Derived terms[edit]



  • volubilis in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • volubilis in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • du Cange, Charles (1883), “volubilis”, in G. A. Louis Henschel, Pierre Carpentier, Léopold Favre, editors, Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (in Latin), Niort: L. Favre
  • volubilis” in Félix Gaffiot’s Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette (1934)
  • volubilis in William Smith, editor (1854, 1857) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography, volume 1 & 2, London: Walton and Maberly
  • volubilis in Richard Stillwell et al., editor (1976) The Princeton Encyclopedia of Classical Sites, Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press