For reasons of rhyming I sometimes need to search for Latin words with specific kinds of endings. Translating songs to Latin is a hobby that seems to inevitably lead to this need.

I would like to search for third declension neuters ending in -tus (genitive -toris), like litus and pectus. Is there a tool that allows me to do that? Sufficient information — nouns listed with their gender and nominative form — exists in online databases, but I do not know how to make the search. I know I can search for words ending in -tus, but the amount of results is enormous and I would like to filter out the masculines.

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I extracted the dictionary file from Whitaker's Words (which admittedly has its flaws) while working on my (beta) Latin-English Dictionary.

Though I still haven't developed many advanced search tools, I now have the luxury of running any SQL query I have a mind to. The following query returns 6 results:

SELECT * FROM words WHERE part_of_speech = 'N' AND stem1 LIKE '%tus' AND gender = 'N'
  • latus
  • littus (variant)
  • litus
  • pectus
  • tus
  • vetus (but only used in plural: vetera "old times")
  • Thanks! Can I run that SQL query somewhere in the web UI or is it something only you can do at this point?
    – Joonas Ilmavirta
    Commented Oct 12, 2016 at 14:12
  • No, it's not exposed unfortunately, so it's not really an answer to your question of "how" to do this--just an answer to the specific question.
    – brianpck
    Commented Oct 12, 2016 at 14:13
  • Ok. Good to know. You answered my specific question and gave hope for answering the general question in the future, so I will accept this answer. Please let me know when such searches become possible!
    – Joonas Ilmavirta
    Commented Oct 12, 2016 at 14:16

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