Amalthea Onomastica, Laurenzi (1708)

Full title: “Amalthea Onomastica; in qua voces Universae, Abstrusiores, Sacrae, Profanae, Antiquae, Antiquatae, Usurpatae, Usurpandae; e Latinis, Latino-Graecis, Latino-Barbaris, Criticis, Antiquariis, Thesauris, Lexicis, Onomasticis, Glossariis, Matheseos, Jurisprudentiae, Medicinae, aliarumque Disciplinarum Authoribus, quibusque indicatis, excerptae et Italice interpretatae”.

It is a brief Latin-Latin dictionary with short Italian notes. Onomasticum Italico-Latinum is not included in our computer version.

This dictionary contains common lexis, but is intended for advanced Latin learners and special vocabulary, so some well-known words are left without explanation:

Homo, notae significationis.
Canis, animal notum.
Sylva, silva, notum.


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  1. Laurenzi, Giuseppe. Amalthea Onomastica. Venice, 1708. URL:

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