Definition of petulcous in English:

petulcous

adjective

rare, literary, archaic
  • Inclined to butt, butting; (figurative) wanton, frisky.

Origin

Mid 17th century; earliest use found in John V. Canes (d. 1672). From classical Latin petulcus inclined to butt, butting, wanton, frisky (from petere to aim at, assail + -ulcus, suffix forming adjectives, also seen in hiulcus) + -ous.

Pronunciation

petulcous

/pəˈtʌlkəs/