Latin prolix


Hi! In a manuscript from year 932 there is a signatory Cargia Ordonii prolix. Prolix seems to be late Latin (not Classical) and means extended. We have the Galician word prole, that means several children from the same parents. In the case of Cargia Ordonii prolix, it would mean direct son or extended family relative? Thank you.


Sciura Tigrina Croatica
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Yes, according to Du Cange, prolix means "son, offspring":

PROLIX, Proles, filius. Charta Ordonii II. Reg. pro Monast. S. Martini Compostell. inter Concil. Hispan. tom. 3. pag. 171. col. 2 :
Froila Rex confirmat. Ranimirus Ordonii Prolix confirmat. Garsia Ordonii Prolix confirmat. Gimara presbyter confirm

Anbrutal Russicus

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It's a mis variant spelling: -ix ended up pronounced the same -ēs (and also same as -is and later -ex), so prolix, proles, prolis, prolex ended up being interchangeable spellings, the choice guided by tradition and (false-)etymological associations.