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What are some loanwords in Latin where there is no native synonym?

My question about a Latin word for "tattoo" prompted some surprise in me that the Romans didn't borrow a word for tattoo. One would think that some group of people they interacted with who ...
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Difference between Postremo and Postea?

Is there a difference between postremo and postea which both seem to mean afterwards? I did look in Doderlein's Handbook and he doesn't cover these two words.
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Difference between cano and canto? [duplicate]

Latin has some pairs of verbs that are both spelled in a similar way and mean similar things. One example of this is cano and canto. Are these words just synonyms or do they have a different meaning ...
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How to distinguish anthropology from human knowledge in Latin?

"scientia hominum" could mean both anthropology (the study of human beings) and "human knowledge" (the corpus of all knowledge acquired by human kind). How do you distinguish ...
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Difference between μένω and μίμνω?

Homer uses both μένω and μίμνω, the latter of which looks to me like a reduplicated form. Wiktionary gives definitions that seem almost identical, and says that μένω supplies all of the tenses of ...
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What is the difference between cunctus and totus?

What is the difference between cunctus and totus? Dictionaries give the same meaning for both (all, whole, entirety), but in usage I see certain tendencies. For example, in ecclesiastical Latin, when ...
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Can we finally know the difference between these words?

There seem to be four different Latin words, all of which are common, and all of which seem to mean exactly the same thing, "finally": tandem denique demum postremo Is there any difference ...
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What was the standard ancient term for a thermopolium?

This page on thermopolia reports a quotation from Mary Beard, classics professor at Cambridge University: “The best way to escape a diet of bread, cheese and fruit, eaten in small lodginggs over a ...
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What is "parecbolae"?

Researching an answer for this question, I found a book of regulations of the University of Oxford, dating from the early 19th century. The title is: I cannot find the meaning of Parecbolae anywhere. ...
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Difference between filiī and liberī

I was reading Orberg's Lingua Latina per se Illustrata and I found the following sentences: Marcus et Quīntus sunt dūo filiī. [...] In familia Rõmāna tres līberī sunt. Now I deduce both words ...
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The word *quick* in Latin

There are many words, which are translated as quick. My initial search showed celer: swift , quick, rapid; in a bad sense, hasty, rash celox: swift , quick; f. as subst. a swift vessel, yacht citus: ...
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What is the difference between cēvēre and crīsāre?

According to Wikipedia, cēvēre loosely means the actions of a female during intercourse, whereas crīsāre is the same but with anal sex. It later states however that cēvēre refers only to the actions ...