palus means a “stake,” if
the first syllable is long, a “marsh,” if it be short;
again when the same letter is short in the nominative
and long in the ablative, we generally require the
circumflex to make it clear which quantity to understand.
Quintilian. With an English Translation. Harold Edgeworth Butler. Cambridge. Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press; London, William Heinemann, Ltd. 1920.
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