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Webster 1913 Edition


Vagus


Va′gus

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Adj.
[L., wandering.]
(Anat.)
Wandering; – applied especially to the pneumogastric nerve.
Noun.
The vagus, or pneumogastric, nerve.

Definition 2022


vagus

vagus

English

Noun

vagus (plural vagi)

  1. The vagus nerve.

Noun

vagus (plural vagi)

  1. (Catholic) A homeless person or vagrant.
    • 1922, "Domicile", The Catholic encyclopedia, page 270
      Though not referred in the Code as a domicile of origin, a child's place of origin is fixed by the place where his father had his domicile or, in defect of domicile, his quasi-domicile when the child was born, or where the mother had hers if the child was illegitimate or posthumous; if the parents were vagi it is the place where the child was born; if the child was a foundling the place where it was discovered.

Latin

Etymology

Uncertain, but possibly from Proto-Italic *wāðō, from Proto-Indo-European *weh₂dʰ- in the sense of "breaking away with straightforward motion."[1]

Pronunciation

  • (Classical) IPA(key): /ˈwa.ɡus/, [ˈwa.ɡʊs]

Adjective

vagus m (feminine vaga, neuter vagum); first/second declension

  1. wandering, rambling, strolling
  2. (figuratively) uncertain, vague

Inflection

First/second declension.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masculine Feminine Neuter Masculine Feminine Neuter
nominative vagus vaga vagum vagī vagae vaga
genitive vagī vagae vagī vagōrum vagārum vagōrum
dative vagō vagō vagīs
accusative vagum vagam vagum vagōs vagās vaga
ablative vagō vagā vagō vagīs
vocative vage vaga vagum vagī vagae vaga

Derived terms

Descendants

References

References

  1. Franco, Comparative etymological Dictionary of classical Indo-European languages: Indo-European - Sanskrit - Greek - Latin, p. 402