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Re: pelvi, pelves, pelvises?



Thanks, Nick, and everybody else. The whole question, as you must know, was 
tongue in cheek.

David



-----Original Message-----
From: Nick Pharris <npharris@umich.edu>
Sent: Jan 13, 2004 11:51 AM
To: davidrpeters@earthlink.net
Cc: dinosaur list <dinosaur@usc.edu>
Subject: Re: pelvi, pelves, pelvises?

Quoting David Peters <davidrpeters@earthlink.net>:

> So, is pelvis singular or plural? I have a pelvis, but I think it is
> composed of a left and right pelvis.

You have one pelvis, and it is composed of left and right halves, each of which
consists of an ilium, a pubis, and an ischium.

Plural is pelves or pelvises, depending on taste.  Latin and Greek nouns ending
in -is never take -i for the plural.

Nick Pharris
Department of Linguistics
University of Michigan