vir-, viri-, virtu-

(Latin: man, manliness, manhood; masculine; husband)

1. Developed in manhood; hence, able to beget; marriageable, considered fit for marriage.
2. Possessed of masculine strength or energy.
Viris fortibus non opus est moenibus.
To brave men, walls are unnecessary.

Agesilaus the Great, King of Sparta (c. 375 B.C.), was quoted as saying, "These are the Spartan walls" as he pointed to the citizens in full armor when someone wanted to know why Sparta was without walls.

The end of virility; a blend of virility and menopause.
virophobia (s) (noun), virophobias (pl)
The angst of being infected with a virus or a microorganism that is smaller than a bacterium: Some people have virophobias because when ultramicroscopic infectious agents enter a cell, they may immediately cause a disease process or an illness may appear years later.
1. A musician who is a consummate master of technique and artistry.
2. A person who has special knowledge or skill in a field.
3. Someone who has a cultivated appreciation of artistic excellence; such as, a connoisseur or collector of objects of art, antiques, etc.
4. Obsolete: A person who has special interest or knowledge in the arts and sciences; scientist; scholar.
5. Etymology: A "scholar, connoisseur", from Italian virtuoso (pl. virtuosi), a noun use of the adjective meaning "skilled, learned, of exceptional worth", from Late Latin virtuosus. Meaning "a person with great skill" (as in music) is first attested in 1743.
virtu, vertu
1. Excellence or merit in objects of art, curios, and the like.
2. A taste for or knowledge of such objects.
1. Being something in effect even if not in reality or not conforming to the generally accepted definition of the term.
2. In physics, used to describe a particle whose existence is suggested to explain observed phenomena but is not proven or directly observable.
3. With computer technology, simulated by a computer for reasons of economics, convenience, or performance.
4. With computer technology, used to describe a technique of moving data between storage areas or media to create the impression that a computer has a storage capacity greater than it actually has.
The Calvinistic doctrine of Christ's virtual presence in the Eucharist.
1. The inherent ability or potential to come into existence.
2. Essential nature or being, apart from external form or embodiment.
3. A virtual (as opposed to an actual) thing, capacity, etc.; a potentiality.

Links to other units that include the topic of "man", "mankind":
andro-; anthropo-; homo-.