Disputatio Categoriae:Animalia domesticata

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Why is the name of this category Animalia domesticata instead of Animalia domestica? According to Cassell's, domestica = 'belonging to the house or the family, domestic', and there doesn't seem to be a verb domesticare, from which domesticatus, -a, -um can derive. :/ IacobusAmor 13:24, 20 Septembris 2010 (UTC)

Sorry I didn't reply on this: didn't see it till now. To me (rightly or wrongly) there's a big difference between domestic and domesticated, and Cassell's well expresses one half of that difference. "Domesticus" means belonging to the house. Domestic animals (in my English usage) include cats, dogs and other household pets. However, that category of animals has been dealt with on Vicipaedia with the adjective dilecta, so (in my English usage) a category for "domestic animals" wasn't needed. What was needed was a category for "domesticated animals". To borrow the definition on the English page en:List of domesticated animals, to fall under this category "a population of animals must have their behavior, life cycle, or physiology systemically altered as a result of being under human control for many generations." That's a very important category, stretching as it does from elephants to bees. Domestic animals might be seen as a subset of it, but definitely not coterminous. So, to me, the question was: what do we call "domesticated animals" in Latin? Definitely not "domestica", I thought: that has a different meaning. Unable to call to mind any better Latin term for this concept, I adopted very late Latin "domesticatus -a -um < domesticare" (according to some etymologists, the English word derives from this late Latin form, but I haven't verified further). As with all our pages, it's open to anyone to suggest a better word. Andrew Dalby (disputatio) 18:43, 4 Novembris 2010 (UTC)