Many nouns of the First Declension borrowed from the Greek are entirely
Latinized (as, aula
but others retain traces of their Greek case-forms in the singular.
There are (besides proper names) about thirty-five of these words,
several being names of plants or arts: as, crambē
Most have also regular Latin forms: as, comēta;
nominative sometimes has the a long.
Greek forms are found only in the singular; the plural, when it occurs,
is regular: as, comētae
Many Greek nouns vary between the first, the second, and the third
(genitive of Boōtēs
). See § 52. a
[*] Note.--The Greek accusative
, from Scīpiadēs, descendant of the
Scipios, is found in Horace.