zizania

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin zīzania (cockle, tares)

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Noun[edit]

zizania (plural zizanias)

  1. Any of several aquatic North American grasses, of the genus Zizania, grown for its edible grain; wild rice

Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From the Ancient Greek ζιζάνια (zizánia).

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Noun[edit]

zīzania n pl (genitive zīzaniōrum); second declension

  1. (Ecclesiastical Latin) cockle, tares, darnel (a weed, probably Lolium temulentum)
    • (Can we find and add a quotation of Ambrose to this entry?)
    • Aurelius Augustine, Sermon 47, 5.
      Quamvis et ipsi servi stomachati adversus zizania, consilium tamen et praeceptum a domino expetiverunt.
    • (Can we find and add a quotation of Prudentius to this entry?)
    • 5th centuryVulgate Bible, Matthaeus 13:26
      cum autem crevisset herba et fructum fecisset tunc apparuerunt et zizania.
      But when the blade sprang up and brought forth fruit, then also appeared the tares.
    • 1267, anonymous, Scribere proposui:
      Scribere proposui de contemptu mundano
      iam est hora surgere de sonpno mortis uano ·
      zizaniam spernere sumpto ui[r]tutum grano ·
      Surge surge uigila semper esto paratus ·
      I have set forth to write of contempt of the world.
      Now is the hour to arise from the vain sleep of death,
      to scorn the tares, choosing the grain of virtue:
      Arise, arise, be vigilant, always be prepared.

Declension[edit]

Second declension.

Case Plural
nominative zīzania
genitive zīzaniōrum
dative zīzaniīs
accusative zīzania
ablative zīzaniīs
vocative zīzania

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