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kings, kings, kings, kings,

the kings, the kings, the kings,

3. The Vocative, for the most part in the singular, and always in the plural, is the same with the Nominative.

Greek nouns in 8 generally lose s in the Vocative; as, Thomas, Thoma ; Anchises, Anchise ; Păris, Pari ; Panthus, Panthu ; Pallas, -antis ; Palla, names of men. But nouns in es of the third declension oftener retain the 8; as, ô Achilles, rarely e; O Socrătes, seldom -e; and sometimes nouns in is and as ; as, 0 Thais, Mysis, Pallas, -ūdis, the goddess Minerva, &c.

4. Proper names for the most part want the plural:

Unless several of the same name be spoken of; as, duodécim Cæsăres, the twelve Cæsars. The cases of Latin nouns are thus expressed in English:

1. With the indefinite article, a king. Singular.

Plural. Nom.

a king, Nom. Gen. of

a king; Gen. of Dat. to or for

a king, Dat.

to or for Acc.

a king, Acc. Yoc, 0

king, Voc.

kings, Abl. with, from, in, by, a king: Abl. with, from, in, by,

kings. 2. With the definite article, the king. Singular.

Plural. Nom. the king, Nom.

the kings, Gen. of

the king, Gen. of Dat. to or for

the king, Dat. to or for Acc.

the king, Acc. Voc. 0

king, Voc.

kings, Abl. with, from, in, by, the king : Abl. with, from, in, by,

the kings. GENDER. Nouns in Latin are said to be of different genders, not merely from the distinction of sex, but chiefly from their being joined with an adjective of one termination, and not of another. Thus, penna, a pen, is said to be feminine, because it is always joined with an adjective in that termination which is applied to females; as, bona penna, a good pen, and not bonus penna.

The gender of nouns which signify things without life, depends on their termination, and different declension.

To distinguish the different genders, grammarians make use of the pronoun hic, to mark the masculine; hæc, the feminine; and hoc, the neuter.

GENERAL RULES CONCERNING GENDER. 1. Names of males are masculme; as, Hõmērus, Homer; påter, a father; poēta, a poet.

2. Names of females are feminine; as, Hělěna, Helen; mũlier, a woman; uxor, a wife; måter, a mother; soror, a sister; Tellus, the goddess of the earth.

3. Nouns which signify either the male or female, are of the common gender; that is, either masculine or feminine; as, Hic bos, an ox; hæc bos, a cow; hic părens, a father; hæc părens, a mother.

The following list comprehends most nouns of the common gender :Adolescens,

} a young man, Cliens, a client.
Còmes, a companion.

Interpres, an interpreter.
Affinis, a relation by marriage. Conjux, a husband or wife. Judex, a judge.
Antistes, a prelate.
Conviva, a guest.

Martyr, a martyr.
Auctor, an author.
Custos, a keeper.

Miles, a soldier.
Augur, a soothsayer.
Dux, a leader.

Müniceps, a burgess.
Cănis, a dog or bitch.
Hæres, an heir.

Nēmo, no body.
Civis, 4 citixen.
Hostis, an enemy.

Obses, an hostage.

or woman.

Patruēlis, a cousin-german, by Princeps, a prince or princess. Testis, a witness.
the father's side.

Săcerdos, a priest or pricstess. Vātes, a prophel.
Præs, a surety.
Sus, a swine.

Vindex, an avenger* But antistes, cliens, and hospes, also change their termination to express the feminine ; thus, antistita, çlienta, hospita: in the same manner with leo, a lion; leæna, a lioness; equus, equa; mūlus, mūla; and many others.

There are several nouns, which, though applicable to both sexes, admit only of a masculine adjective; as, advěna, a stranger; agrícola, a husbandman; assecla, an attendant; accola, a neighbour; exul, an exile; latro, a robber; fur, a thief; opfex, a mechanic; &c.' There are others, which, though applied to persons, are, on account of their termination, always neuter; as, scortum, a courtesan; mancăpium, servitium, a slave, &c.

In like manner, opěræ, slaves or day-labourers; vžgiliæ, excúbic, watches; noxæ, guilty persons; though applied to men, are always feminine.


Obs. 1. The names of brute animals commonly follow the gender of their termination.

Such are the names of wild beasts, birds, fishes, and insects, in which the distinction of sex is either not easily discerned, or seldom attended to. Thus, passer, a sparrow, is masculine, because nouns in er are masculine; so åquila, an eagle, is feminine, because nouns in a, of the first declension are feminine. These are called Epicené, or promiscuous nouns. When any particular sex is marked, we usually add the word mas or femina ; as, mas passer, a male sparrow; fēmina passer, a female sparrow.

Obs. 2. A proper name, for the most part, follows the gender of the general name under which it is comprehended.

Thus, the names of months, winds, rivers, and mountains, are masculine ; because mensis, ventus, mons, and fluvius, are masculine; as, hic Aprilis, April ; hic Aquilo, the north wind; hic Afrčcus, the south-west wind; hic Tíběris, the river Tiber; hic Othrys, a hill in Thessaly. But many of these follow the gender of their termination; as, hæc Matróna, the river Marne in France; hæc Ætna, a mountain in Sicily; hoc Sõracte, a hill in Italy.

In like manner, the names of countries, towns, trees, and ships, are feminine, because terra or règio, urbs, arbor, and nāvis, are feminine; as, hæc Egyptus, Egypt; Sămos, an island of that name; Corinthus, the city of Corinth; põmus, an apple-tree; Centaurus, the name of a ship. Thus also the names of poems, hæc ¡lias, -ados, and Odyssēa, the two poems of Homer; hæc Ænēis, -ědos, a poem of Virgil's; hæc Eunuchus, one of Terence's Comedies.

The gender, however, of many of these depends on the termination; thus, hic Pontus, a country of that name: hic Sulmo, -ōnis ; Pessinus, -untis ; Hydrus, -untis; names of towns : hæc Persis, idis, the kingdom of Persia; Carthāgo, -inis, the city Carthage; hoc Albion, Britain : hoc Cære, Reāte, Præneste, Tibur, ilium, names of towns. But some of these are also found in the feminine; as, Gelida Præneste, Juvenal, iii. 190; Alta Ilion, Ovid. Met. xiv. 466.

The following names of trees are masculine, öleaster, -tri, a wild olive-tree; rhamnus, the white bramble. The following are masculine or feminine; cýtīsus,

a kind of shrub; rūbus, the bramble-bush ; larix, the larch-tree; lõtus, the lote-trée; cupressus, the cypress-tree. The first two however are oftener masculine; the rest oftener feminine.

Those in um are neuter; as, buxum, the bush, or box-tree; Tigustrum, a privet; so likewise are süber, -ěris, the cork-tree, siler, -ěris, the osier; robur, -óris, oak of the hardest kind; ăcer, -eris, the maple-tree.

The place where trees or shrubs grow is commonly neuter; as, Arbustum, quercētum,

* Conjux, atque parens, infans, patruelis, 'et hæres,

Afinis, vindex, judex, dux, miles, et hostis,
Augur, et antistes, juvenis, conviva, sacerdos,
Muniqueceps, vates, adolescens, civis, et auctor,
Custos, nemo, comes, testis, sus, bosque, canisque,
Interpresque, cliens, princeps, præs, martyr, et obses.

esculētum, sálictum, frůtěcētum, &c. a place where trees, oaks, beeches, willows, shrubs, &c. grow : also the names of fruits and timber; as, pomum, or mälum, an apple ; părum, a pear ; ěběnum, ebony, &c. But from this rule there are various exceptions.

Obs. 3. Several nouns are said to be of the doubtful gender; that is, are sometimes found in one gender, and sometimes in another; as, dies, a day, masculine or feminine; vulgus, the rabble, masculine or neuter.

Nouns of the first declension end in a, e, as, es.
Latin nouns end only in a, and are of the feminine gender.

The terminations of the different cases are; Nom. and Voc. Sing. a ; Gen. and Dat. æ, diphthong; Acc. am ; Abl. â ; Nom. and Voc. Plur. æ; Gen. árum ; Dat. and Abl. is; Acc. as. See example, musa, a song, page 10,


Exc. 1. The following nouns are masculine: Hadria, the Hadriatic sea ; comēta, a comet; planēta, a planet; and sometimes talpa, a mole; and dāma, a fallow deer. Pascha, the passover, is neuter.

Exc. 2. The ancient Latins sometimes formed the genitive singular in äi ; thus, aula, a hall, gen. aulāi ; and sometimes likewise in as ; which form the compounds of milia usually retain; as, māter-fămălias, the mistress of a family; gen. matris-familias; nom. plur. matres-familias, or matres-familiarum.

Exc. 3. The following nouns have more frequently abus in the dative and ablative plural, to distinguish them in these cases from masculines in us of the second declension:Anima, the soul, the life.

Filia, & Näta, a daughter.
Dea, a goddess.

Liberta, a freed woman.
Equa, a mare.

Müla, a she-mule.
Fămăla, a female servant.
Thus, deabus, filiābus, rather than filiis, &c.

GREEK NOUNS. Nouns in as, es, and e of the first declension, are Greek. Nouns in as and es are masculine : nouns in e are feminine.

Nouns in as are declined like musa ; only they hạve am or an in the accusative; as, Æneas, Æneas, the name of a man; gen. Æneæ ; dat. -Đe; acc. -am or -an; voc. -a; abl. â. So Boreas, -eæ, the north wind; Tiāras, -a, a turban. In prose they have commonly am, but in poetry oftener an, in the accusative. Greek nouns in a have sometimes also an in the acc. in poetry; as, Ossa, -am, or -an, the name of a mountain. Nouns in es and e are thus declined

Anchises, Anchises, the name of a man.

Nom. Anchises,

Acc. Anchisen,
Gen. Anchisæ

Voc. Anchise,
Dat. Anchisæ,

Abl. Anchise.
Pēnélope, Penelope, the name of a woman.

Nom. Pénélope,

Acc. Penelopen,
Gen. Penelopes,

Voc. Penelope,
Dat. Penelope,

Abl. Penelope. These nouns, being proper names, Wat the plural, unless when several of the same name are spoken of, and then they are decined like the plural of musa.

The Latins frequently turn Greek nouns in es and e into a; as, Atrīda, for Atrīdes ; Persa, for Perses, a Persian; Geometra, for -tres, a Geometrician; Circa, for Circe ; Epitoma, for-me, an abridgment; Grammătica, for-ce, grammar; Rhētórica, for -ce, oratory. So Clinia, for Clinias, &c. The accusative of nouns in es and e is found sometimes in em.

Note. We sometimes find the gen. plural contracted; as, Cælicolan for Cælicolarum ; Æneadůni for -arum.

Nouns of the second declension end in er, ir, ur, us, um ; os, on.
Nouns in um and on are neuter; the rest are masculine.

Nouns of the second declension have the gen. sing. in i ; the dat. and abl. in 0; the accusative in um; the voc. like the nom. (but nouns in us make the vocative in e;) the nom. and voc. plur. in i, or a; the gen. in orum; the dat. and abl. in is ; and the acc. in os, or a. See example, puer, a boy, page 10.

After the same manner decline sócer, -ěri, a father-in-law; gèner, -ěră, a son-inlaw: So furcăfer, a villain ; Lucifer, the morning star ; ădulter, an adulterer; armiger, an armour-bearer; presbyter, an elder; Mulciber, a name of the god Vulcan; vesper, the evening; and īber, -ēri, a Spaniard, the only noun in er which has the gen. long, and its compound Celtiber, -ēri : Also, vir, vări, a man, the only noun in ir; and its compounds, lēvir, a brother-in-law; semivir, duumvir, triumvir, &c. And likewise sătur, -ŭri, full, (of old, satúrus, an adjective.

But most nouns in er lose the e in the genitive. See example, liber, a book, page 10

In like manner decline,
Ager, a field.
Căper, a he goat.

Măgister, a master.
Aper, a wild boar.

Còlůber, and -bra, a serpent. Minister, a servant. Arbiter, (and -trai,) a judge. Culter, the coulter of a plough, Onåger, a wild ass. Auster, the south wind.

a knife.

Scalper, a lancet. Cancer, a crab-fish.

Fåber, a workman. Liber, the bark of a tree, or a book, has libri; but liber, free, an adjective, and Liber, a name of Bacchus, the god of wine, have liběri. So, likewise, proper names, Alexander, Evander, Periander, Měnander, Teucer, Měleāger, &c. gen. Alexandri, Evandri, &c. For examples in us and um, see declension of dominus, a master, and of donum, a gift, page 10.

EXCEPTIONS IN GENDER. Exc. 1. The following nouns in us are feminine, hūmus, the ground; alvus, the belly; vannus, a sieve: and the following derived from Greek nouns in oś : Abyssus, a bottomless pit. Diălectus, a dialect, or manner Měthodus, a method. Antidotus, a preservative against of speech.

Pěriðdus, a period. poison.

Diámetros, the diameter of a Pěrỉmetros, the circumference. Aretos, the Bear, a constellation circle.

Phărus, a watch-tower. near the north pole.

Diphthongus, a diphthong. Synodus, an assembly. Carbăsus, a sail.

Erēmus, a desert. To these add some names of jewels and plants, because gemma and planta are feminine; as, Āměthystus, an amethyst. Sapphirus, a sapphire.

Byssus, fine flax or linen. Chrysolithus, a chrysolite. Topazius, a topas.

Costus, costmary. Chrysophrăsus, a kind of topaz. Biblus,

an Egyptian reed, of Crocus, saffron. Chrystallus, crystal.


which paper was Hyssopus, hyssop. Leucòchrysus, a jacinth.


Nardus, spikenard. Other names of jewels are generally masculine; as, Beryllus, the beryl; Carbuncủlus, a carbuncle; Pýrõpus, a ruby; Smăragdus, an emerald : and also names of plants; as, Aspărăgus, asparagus, or sparrowgrass ; elleborus, ellebore; raphănus, radish, or colewort; intybus, endive, or succory, &c.

Exc. 2. The nouns which follow are either masculine or feminine :
Atõmus, an atom.
Barbitus, a harp.

Grossus, a green fig.
Balănus, the fruit of the palm- Cămēlus, a camel.

Pěnus, a store-house. tree, ointment. Colus, a distaff

Phăsélus, a little ship. Exc. 3. Virus, poison; pělăgus, the sea, are neuter.

Exc. 4. Vulgus, the common people, is either masculine or neuter, but oftener neuter.

EXCEPTIONS IN DECLENSION. Proper names in ius lose us in the vocative; as,

Höràtius, Hòrāti; Virgilius, Virgili; Georgius, Georgi, names of men; Larius, Läri ; Mincius, Minci, names of lakes. Filius, a son also hath filī; gěnius, one's guardian angel, geni; and deus, a god, hath deus, in the voc. and in the plural more frequently dżi and diis, than dëi and dëis. Meus, my, an adjective pronoun, hath mi, and sometimes meus, in the vocative.

Other nouns in ius have e; as, tabellarius, tabellarie, a letter-carrier ; pius, pie, &c. So these epithets Délius, Délie ; Tirynthias, Tirynthie; and these possessives, Laertius, Laertie ; Saturnius, Saturnie, &c. which are not considered as proper names.

The poets sometimes make the vocative of nouns in us like the nominative; as, fluvius, Latinus, for fluvie, Latine. Virg. This also occurs in prose, but more rarely; thus, Audi tu, popülus, for popúle. Liv. i. 24.

The poets also change nouns in er into us; as, Evander, or Evandrus; vocative, Evander, or Evandre. So Meander, Leander, Tymber, Teucer, &c. and so anciently puer in the vocative had puěre, from puěrus

Note. When the genitive singular ends in ii, the latter i is sometimes taken away by the poets, for the sake of quantity : as, lugúrî, for tugurii ; ingění for ingenii, &c. And in the genitive plural we find deüm, liběrům, sacrům, duümvirûm, &c. for deorum, liberorum, &c. and in poetry, Teucrûm; Graiûm, Argirûm, Dănaûm, Pělagûm, &c. for Teucrorum, &c.


Os and on are Greek terminations; as, Alphēos, a river in Greece; Ilion, the city Troy; and are often changed into us and um, by the Latins ; Alphēus, ilium, which are declined like dominus and regnum.

Nouns in eos or eus are sometimes contracted in the genitive; as, Orphëus, genitive Orphë i, Orphei, or Orphi. . So Theseus, Prometheus, &c. But nouns in eus, when eu is a diphthong, are of the third declension.

Some nouns in os have the genitive singular in o; as, Androgeos, genitive Androgeos or -či, the name of a man; Athos, Alho, or -i, a hill in Macedonia : both of which are also found in the third declension ; thus, nominative Androgeo, genitive Androgeõnis. So Atho, or Athon, -onis, &c. Anciently nouns in 0s, in imitation of the Greeks, had the genitive in u; as, Menandru, Apollodoru, for Ménandri, Apollodori, Ter.

Nouns in os have the accusative in um or on; as, Delus or Delos, accusative Delum or Delon, the name of an island.

Some neuters have the genitive plural in on; as, Georgica, genitive plural Georgicôn, books which treat of husbandry, as Virgil's Georgicks.

THIRD DECLENSION. There are more nouns of the third declension than of all the other declensions togeer. The number of its final syllables is not ascertained. Its final letters are thirteen, a, e, i, o, y, c, d, 1, n, r, s, t, x. Of these, eight are peculiar to this declension, namely, i, o, y, c, d, l, t, x: a and e are common to it with the first declension; n and r with the second; and s with all the other declensions. A, i, and y, are peculiar to Greek


The terminations of the different cases are these; nom. sing. a, e, &c.; gen. is ; dat. i ; acc. em ; voc. the same with the nominative ; abl. e, or i : nom. acc. and voc. plur. es, a, or ia ; gen. um, or ium; dat. and abl. ibus. See examples, sermo, a speech; rupes, a rock; lapis, a stone; caput, the head; sedile, a seat; and iter, a journey

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A, E, I, and Y. 1. Nouns in a, e, i, and y, are neuter.

Nouns in a form the genitive in štis ; as, diadēma, diademàtis, a crown; dogma, -ắtis, an opinion. So, Ænigma, a riddle. Nŭmisma, a coin.

Stigma, a mark or brand, a dis. Apothegma, a short pithy say. Phasma, an apparition.

grace. ing. Poēma, a poem.

Strătägēma, an artful contriArðina, sweet spices.

Schēma, a scheme or figure. Axioma, a plain truth.

Sophisma, a deceitful argu- Thēma, a theme, a subject to Diploma, a charter.


write or speak on. Épigramma, an inscription. Stemma, a pedigree.

Töreuma, a carved vessel.
Nouns in e change e into is ; as, rēte, retis, a net. So,
Ancile, a shield.
Cũbile, a couch.

ovile, a sheep-fold. Aplustre, the flag of a ship. Ěquile, a stable for horses. Præsēpe, a stall; a bee-hive. Campestre, a pair of draw. Lăqueāre, a ceiled roof.

Sěcāle, rye.
Mantile, a towel.

Suile, a sow-cote.
Cochleare, a spoon.
Monile, a necklace.

Tibiale, a stocking.
Conclave, a room.

Nāvāle, a dock or place for shipCrinäle, a pin for the hair. ping.

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