Latin minimal pairs distinguished only by vowel length

gedwimere

Active Member
uter (which of two) & ūter (bag or bottle made of an animal's hide)

I came across ūter in Bennett's Easy Latin Stories for Beginners.
 

Laurentius

Man of Culture
uter (which of two) & ūter (bag or bottle made of an animal's hide)

I came across ūter in Bennett's Easy Latin Stories for Beginners.
Seems related to uterus, I wonder why the vowel quantity is different.
 

gedwimere

Active Member
nītor (I strive) & nĭtor (brightness)
nītēns & nĭtēns
 

Dantius

Homo Sapiens
Staff member
Occīdo (kill, slay, be the ruin of) and Occido (die, be slain, be ruined)
 

Dantius

Homo Sapiens
Staff member
Yes, but I thought occido was especially funny as the words are essentially active/passives of each other...
 

Laurentius

Man of Culture
Yes, I think I thought about it in the past too! Good catch nonetheless, it's odd that none has thought about it so far.
 

Iáson

Cívis Illústris
felix 'fern', 'pubic hair' vs. fēlīx 'fortunate'

fābulīs vs. fabulīs vs. fabūlis (fābula 'story', fabulus 'a small bean', fabūlis = fabālis 'belonging to beans')
 

Iáson

Cívis Illústris
tribūlis 'fellow tribesman'
tribūlīs id. (acc. pl.)
trībulīs 'threshing sledge' (dat./abl. pl.)
tribulīs 'caltrop' (dat./abl. pl.)
 

Dantius

Homo Sapiens
Staff member
how do you find these
 

Dantius

Homo Sapiens
Staff member
I mean I guess you're bound to stumble across a couple of them by just randomly paging through the OLD
 

Iáson

Cívis Illústris
sedēre 'to sit' (pres. infinitive sedeō 'sit')
sēdēre 'you are quieted' (= sēdēris, pres. subj. pass. 2nd pers. sēdō 'assuage, make quiet')
 

Hemo Rusticus

Low-life Scumbag
Do hope I'm not developing a reputation for such things (though I suppose a 'Rustic Man' is the most suited for it), but I can't keep silent na moe:

pede (ablative of pēs)
pēde (imperative of pēdo)
 

Iáson

Cívis Illústris
colō 'cultivate'
cōlō 'filter', 'purify'
 

Iáson

Cívis Illústris

Iáson

Cívis Illústris
dicō, dicāre, dicāvī, dicātum 'dedicate', 'give up for something'
dīcō, dīcere, dīxī, dīctum 'say'
(if no-one has mentioned this before)
 
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