Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s DictionaryWebster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)

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From com- + the stem of . The expected nominative singular *comĭs was likely replaced by -ĕs on the basis of other t-stem nouns like pĕdĕs (soldier on foot) and ĕquĕs (horseman), cf. mīlĕs.[1]