from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A plural of matrix.

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  • n. Plural form of matrix.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Plural of matrix.


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  • ... is an abomination, until somebody forks over the dagnabbit plural.

    June 16, 2009

  • WeetBix are an abomination.

    June 16, 2009

  • what a fine web of webs this is. or should it be webx of webces

    June 16, 2009

  • I'll need to know the plural of WeetBix before breakfast time. Thank you.

    June 16, 2009

  • Asteriges (based on the actual genitive of Vercingetorix): the stem ends in the Gaulish element -rig- "ruler".

    June 16, 2009

  • Ha ha!

    June 16, 2009

  • So what would be the plural of asterix?

    June 16, 2009

  • That's right: the -trix in all these is the female agent ending (feminine of -tor), so they all go the same.

    I should add that the traditional English pronunciation would be /-'traɪsiːz/ with shift of stress to the long vowel, but the most common one, matrices, is now firmly established with stress the same as the singular, so that might be preferable for all the others too.

    June 15, 2009

  • What's the correct way to pluralize "dominatrix"? My college friends and I used "dominatrices", but that may have just been wishful thinking.

    And what about "aviatrix"?

    June 15, 2009

  • Not as Slavishly Pluralized as They Look

    June 15, 2009

  • Forming Hendrices from Hendrix, now that would be a slavish pluralisation.

    June 15, 2009

  • Latin matrix has a stem ending in /i:k/ and regularly forms its nominative by adding /s/. So also the mathematical term 'directrix' ~ 'directrices', as well as rare female agent nouns such as 'executrix'.

    Vertex (doublet of vortex in Latin) owes its stem vowel to the fact that in Old Latin unstressed short vowels before a single consonant became /i/, thus plural /wertike:s/; but before two consonants, /e/, thus /werteks/. So also 'apex' ~ 'apices'. This alternation didn't apply to the long /i:/ of /ma:tri:k-s/ ~ /ma:tri:k-e:s/.

    June 15, 2009

  • I'm not sure why you consider this an example of slavish pluralization.

    'matrix' is a third declension Latin noun, with the following case forms:

    *** Singular Plural

    nom. m�?trix m�?trīcēs

    gen. m�?trīcis m�?trīcum

    dat. m�?trīcī m�?trīcibus

    acc. m�?trīcem m�?trīcēs

    abl. m�?trīce m�?trīcibus

    voc. m�?trix m�?trīcēs

    Thus, 'matrices' is the correct plural form.

    Similarly, 'vertices' is the correct plural form of 'vertex', because vertex is also a third declension noun. The difference in vowels in the singular ending is immaterial, and not - as you suggest - 'crucial'.

    June 15, 2009

  • part of the slavish pluralization phenomenon. I presume the math world got 'matrices' from 'vertices', though the two have crucially different singular endings.

    June 15, 2009