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Re: Latin name question
In a message dated 3/21/01 3:10:49 AM Eastern Standard Time,
> Jeeze, I seem to be on a posting spree (for me) today. My question this
> is...With a name ending in an e, how would one make that plural in Latin?
> can't seem to figure it out, and people that I have talked to don't know
> either. So, I am hoping that someone here will know the answer. Thanks in
Depends on the name. As others have suggested, it could be an ablative case
form you're looking at, but if it really is nominative, it would have to be a
third-declension neuter noun or adjective, in which case the plural would end
in -ia (as HP Calzola pointed out).
However, many "Latin" names are actually Greek. A great many Greek feminine
nouns end in long -e, and sometimes (as in _Homalocephale_) the ending has
been left as it is in Greek rather than Latinized to -a. The plural of these
nouns is -ai (Greek) or -ae (Latin).