A 101-year project to complete a dictionary of medieval Latin has finally come to an end.
Zythum, which means ‘an Egyptian beer’, was the last word to be entered into the 58,000-word dictionary, compiled by Oxford University’s classics department.
The Dictionary of Medieval Latin is published in 17 volumes and runs to 4,000 pages. The project started when historian Robert Whitwell wrote to The Times in 1903, looking for people to help.
Do you want alerts delivered straight to your phone via our WhatsApp service? Text NEWS or SPORT or NEWS AND SPORT, depending on which services you want, and your full name to 07767 417704. Save our number into your phone's contacts as Oxford Mail WhatsApp and ensure you have WhatsApp installed.
- Send your Letter to the Editor: What do you think? We welcome letters from our readers on a wide variety of subjects and you can send us a letter for publication here
- Our top stories
- Sexual assaults are denied
- Authorities search for solutions as graffiti in Oxford doubles in a year
- Tackling cyber-crime and fraud are main priorities for Conservative police commissioner candidate
- Prime Minister says he has no offshore funds following Panama Papers leak
- Traders called on to support this summer's Cowley Road Carnival
- Tributes paid in Witney to former butcher and much-loved member of community