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Allen and Greenough/ New Latin Grammar

Gender in the First Declension

42. Nouns of the first declension are Feminine

Exceptions: Nouns masculine from their signification: as, nauta, sailor. So a few family or personal names: as, Mūrēna, Dolābella, Scaevola 1 ; also, Hadria, the Adriatic.

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Scaevola is really a feminine adjective, used as a noun, meaning little left hand ; but, being used as the name of a man (originally a nickname), it became masculine. Original genders are often thus changed by a change in the sense of a noun.