translation help - "rusticus"

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Found a new term preparing a profile from late 17th century southern Germany: "Rusticus". His son is described as an "agricola" (which take to be a farmer), but it seems there has to be a distinction between the two. The searches I have done shed no light on this, however.
in Genealogy Help by Gus Gassmann G2G6 Mach 2 (22.5k points)
My guess would be farmer vs agricultural labourer, ie that the father held some land (whether as owner or tenant).

Family Search has a Latin genealogical word list that includes both of these terms (the answers posted are consistent with it) and many other useful terms. See

Thank you very much for the link, George Fulton. This is extremely useful.

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Rusticus is latin and means farmer, peasant.

It is a noun.
by Dieter Lewerenz G2G Astronaut (2.5m points)
selected by Magda Petersen
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Rusticus is latin for rustic which means relating to the countryside.
by Samantha Thomson G2G6 Pilot (176k points)
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I am absolutely no Latin expert, but the online dictionaries I consulted say "agricola" is a noun (farmer) while "rustica" is an adjective (rural).
by Jelena Eckst├Ądt G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)

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