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According to Wiktionary, the adjective paucus, although typically found in the plural, with a meaning typically pertaining to quantity, can mean:

1. few, little

Usually plural; very rare in the singular. Mostly pertaining to quantity.

https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/paucus#Latin

The usage notes and the inclusion of little in the entry seem to imply that paucus can be used to denote something little, specifically concerning size, but I am extremely doubtful. Thus my question: can paucus be used as an adjective meaning little, specifically with concerns to size?

  • Dictionary trawl: pauco foramine a little way in front of the doorway (Hyginus Fabulae 194); post paucum tempus a little while after (Art Poet 203); pauco numero tritici small number (African War 67). – Hugh Oct 16 '18 at 19:48
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Don't read too much into Wiktionary. Lewis and Short translate paucus as "few, little", and the Wiktionary entry was probably pulled from there. All examples in L&S seem to pertain to quantity, and I would assume L&S to mention if it could be used for size as well.

I cannot definitively prove a negative, but paucus doesn't seem to be able to mean "little" in the sense of "small". It only means "little" as a synonym of "few".

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