Lingua Latina habet verbum quod significat et matrem et patrem, id est "parens". Sed parentes parentium appellantur... quid? Masculini parentes parentium appellantur avi et feminini appellantur avae, sed exsistitne verbum pro et avo et ava?

SUMMARY: Does Latin have a word which means "grandparent"?

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    Have you found any precedents for "verbum pro X"? I really don't think that's an idiomatic way of saying "word for X."
    – brianpck
    Commented May 20 at 17:59
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    Do you want to use Classical Latin only, or do you accept Medieval and "Neo" Latin, too? I don't think there is one in Classical Latin.
    – cmw
    Commented May 20 at 18:27
  • To echo @brianpck's comment, it might be a good idea to ask a separate question for a suitable idiom for that purpose. If you're unsure about any other construction you're using, the same applies to them. Looking for phrases to use when composing specific Latin prose often makes for good questions.
    – Joonas Ilmavirta
    Commented May 20 at 19:59

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Puto utendum patribus patrum et similibus.

Ceterum pater avusque significant et progenitores vetustiores.

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