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How would you translate "The Adorned" for use as a collective title?

I took a few years of Latin back in high school, but my understanding of the language never really surpassed novice levels. I've been brainstorming names for a wolf pack in a story of mine; a lot of ...
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Are there different words for an excerpt and its location in Latin?

In Latin, locus can be the passage of a text (e.g. Cicero says he is going to translate a passage in one of his speeches and uses locus if I remember correctly) but it can also be the location of the ...
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What is the Latin word for ID/identifier?

What is the Latin word for ID, in the sense of a code or name that is unique to a thing so that it can be identified? Such codes are commonly used in databases for example. I doubt that a word with a ...
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How can I say “for dummies” in Latin?

I want to make a parody of the famous “for dummies” in Latin. How could it be translated? I thought ad nulli to mirror the French version “pour les nuls”, but I’m not sure it actually works.
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Nomen agentis of 'Quaerere'

Everybody knows words like Terminator, Navigator, Laudator, ... For verbs from the a conjugation is seems pretty simple to build the Nomen Agentis, what about words like 'Quaerere'? I thought about ...
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Latin statement from a benefactor

What would be a Latin expression to state that something was given by a benefactor (i.e. not simply a gift from a friend or relative)? I would be attempting to describe the situation of one person ...
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Male analogous of ancilla

I recall my Latin professor mentioning during a class that there was a male counterpart for ancilla, but he didn't remember the exact word at that moment. It seemed obvious that there was a word, ...
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What does quȩ mean, and what does an e with cedilla mean?

While translating a bit of Bellarmine's Controversies, a work from the end of the 16th century, I came across this sentence: "nam aliquando solemus vocare signa practica omnia illa, quȩ ...
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How to say "sixth sense" or "feminine sense" in Latin?

How does one say "sixth sense" or "feminine sense" in Latin?
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Rolling your eyes

There is a common gesture: when we find something tiresome, when a perfectly avoidable annoyance was -- again! -- not avoided, when we know what is coming and wish it didn't ... we roll our eyes 🙄 ...
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How to say "moon landing" in Latin?

In Romance languages, there is a single word used for "moon landing": Italian: Allunaggio Spanish: Alunizaje Portuguese: Alunissagem French: Alunissage etc. What would be the Latin ...
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How to say that a mathematical curve contains a point?

What would be the suitable Latin verb to express the idea that a curve (e.g. a circle, a parabola) contains/includes a point? My first thought was parabola punctum continet but it seems that ...
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"To hold a grudge" in Latin?

How does one say "to hold a grudge against someone" in Latin? A grudge is "a feeling of deep-seated resentment or ill will".
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Is there an English word derived from τάσσω, with a similar meaning of arranging/organising?

Apologies if this is the wrong site to ask this on. I am looking for an English word that is derived from Ancient Greek τάσσω, meaning I arrange, I draw up, or I order. I would like a word that evokes ...
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Latin for "ground meat"

Trying to translate a cooking recipe into Latin, I stumbled upon the ingredient “ground meat” and wondered how to best render this in Latin. Since ground meat is not actually, well, ground (molita, ...
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Word request: floor plan / map / directory / source of information

I am developing a software product. Very briefly, given a floor plan, it lets the user edit it, and add information to each "room". Think of a shopping mall, where it will display the floor ...
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What is a word for "conception of truth"?

Is there a Latin word for "conception of truth" or "notion of truth" or a hybrid Graeco-Latin word for it? If not can such a word be termed or constructed for it? Or a phrase? How ...
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How to say "to woo" in Latin?

How does one say "to woo" or "to court" (i.e., to solicit someone for marriage) in Latin?
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How to say "stalker" ("prowler") in Latin?

How does one say "stalker" in Latin? In the sense of, as the OED puts it, "one who follows or harasses someone (often a public figure) with whom he or she has become obsessed."
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What is the Latin word for “polymath”?

I wonder what Latin word or expression best describes a polymath, someone who masters several subjects. The two solutions I thought of are the following but I find them unsatisfactory. polymathēs, -...
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How to say "black market" in Latin?

How does one say "black market" in Latin? According to the OED, this word first originated in English in 1727.
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How to say "in a certain respect" in Latin?

How does one say the adverbial phrase "in a certain respect" or "in certain respects" in Latin? For example, would whatever under a certain condition is such-and-such, is such-and-...
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Did the ancients or medievals have a word for the energy stored in plants?

If you spend a little time gardening, you soon become aware that plants store energy in their roots, which they collect from the Sun through their leaves. By the end of Autumn, perennials usually have ...
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How to talk about a mailing list in latin?

We have (wiki with sources) new latin words for the email service (cursus electronicus or cursus publicus electronicus), a single email (litterae electronicae or electrogramma, -tis n) and email ...
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Is there a word for "science/study of art"?

Is there a word for "science/study of art"? For the moment I use the neologism "artologia" but I'd rather conform to the usage. Edit. I would prefer a single word translation. Edit....
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Is there a word or short phrase that corresponds to "dunk" in English?

It seems like "demergo" and "immergo" may have some close linguistic domains to the English word 'dunk' but I'm not sure. Is there a Latin word which would work equally well for ...
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Does Latin have any words for specific numbers apart from the numbers themselves (akin to the English "dozen", for example)

In English, many numbers have specific words that denote them, distinct from the number itself. For example "dozen" means group of 12; "gross" means 144; and "score" ...
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Well, well, well

How to say this expression in Latin!? Expressing surprise: Well, well, well! It is here (when smth lost and found)! Expressing sarcasm: Well, well, well... And what now!? Expressing begining: Well, ...
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What would "kiwi" be in Latin? [closed]

What would kiwi be in Latin? Both the bird and the fruit. I guess there's no actual word because I don't think they had kiwis, but what would you guess it to be if you had to use it?
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I’m exploring names for a fictional space agency. Which would be more correct?

I’d like it to have the acronym "ET" Would it be better for it to be: excelsior terra or excelsior tellus I’m sure that there are better ways to express this though I have always liked the ...
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What is a word that means “see” (refer to), but in latin form, like “r.e.”?

What is a word that means “see” (refer to) (go see), but in latin form, like “r.e.”? I asked this in the English stackexchange and got kicked out
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How to translate "what" when used as an ironic interjection

Is there any good way to translate "what" when used as an ironic interjection, e.g. "What? He thought that would be a good idea?" said in a sarcastic tone? My first thought is just to use quis or quid ...
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What is a leap year in Latin?

Now that it's 29th of February, there is no way not to ask: What is a leap year in Latin? Leap month and leap day (mensis/dies intercalaris or intercalarius) are well attested. In the Julian calendar ...
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"Contra felicem vix deus vires habet" - Need advice on replacing the word "Felicem"

For context, this is for a tattoo I'd like to get but I want to make sure it's syntactically correct as best as possible. I think the phrase is a great one, however I would very much prefer it to be ...
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What is "heart" as the emotional organ?

In English one uses the word "heart" in a variety of ways to express deep emotion, as in "She will always be in our hearts". Is there a corresponding "emotional organ" in Latin? How should I go about ...
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How do you say "translation" in Koine Greek?

I'm looking for a Koine Greek word that means "translation". When I say "translation", I'm referring to a translation of a text in a foreign language. So the context would be the translation of a ...
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What should we call the space beyond the world?

To the Romans, if I understand right, the word caelum "sky" incorporated everything above the earth: the atmosphere, the space beyond it, and even the thrones of the gods. But nowadays we divide ...
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How were fractions written and pronounced?

In English, when we want to express parts of wholes and certain numbers of said parts, we use fractions consisting of a denominator indicating how many equal pieces an item has been broken or divided ...
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How to say 'striped' in Latin

I'm looking for a way to describe striped cloth — that is, with regular stripes all over, or like the stripes on the flag of the USA. I'm well aware of the stripe on a toga, angusticlavus, etc. But ...
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What is a romance in Latin?

The word "romance" seems to come from Latin, but no similar Latin word appears to mean anything related. Is there a good Latin word for a romance, a kind of an intimate relationship? I cannot think of ...
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Latin name of "Roman Dodecahedron"?

There are some 200 archaeological finds known under the name "Roman dodecahedron". There is no accepted or convincing explanation about their purpose and they have not been identified in any text. ...
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What is the latin word for "smoked" or "cured"?

I need to get the proper latin drug name for "smoked jujube fruit", which might be "fructus jujube fumatus", but I suspect there might be more than one word for smoked / cured products in Latin, which ...
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Did the word "citione" meaning "bump in the head" exist in Latin?

In the Spanish language site someone asked about the etymology of the word chichón (link in Spanish), meaning bump (typically in the head as a result of a hit). The most common theory is that it is ...
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Natural or unflavoured products

There are a number of different flavours of, say, yogurts, and one of them is plain, without any added flavours besides what is needed to make the yogurt. In English this flavour seems to be often ...
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What to call a Christmas present in Latin?

What would be a good way to call Christmas presents on contemporary Latin? Are there attested Latin descriptions of early Christmas where presents are given, or should we perhaps choose something ...
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What is a forum in Latin?

The word "forum" as used in English and many other modern languages obviously comes from Latin. It means a place where people gather to discuss, like an online forum or a scientific conference, but ...
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What is a boyfriend or a girlfriend in Latin?

When answering this question, it occurred to me that I don't know what to call a "boyfriend" or a "girlfriend" in Latin. What would be good words? I assume that the same solution will work for both ...
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Inlustrus: A conundrum

I stumbled upon this exchange so I hope you can help me. I'm writing a book of poetry, and I wanted to title it Starlight, but why use English, am I right? So I made the rookie error with Google ...
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Is there a verb for people of the same sex marrying in latin?

As far as I know there are two words in Latin that indicate two people marrying nubere This means to veil oneself for marriage. It thus has to be said by a female member and it is implied that this ...
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Did the Romans 'tip' for good service?

I need to refer in Latin to the modern practice of 'tipping' in return for good service. I am well aware of words and phrases for 'reward', which are essentially correct for my purpose, but I should ...
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