While composing this comment on an earlier question, I got hung up after "clandestine storage".

I felt myself grasping for a single word, styled after errata, desiderata, stigmata, etc, which means "illicit or illegal goods or possessions".

This is a strict : does there exist a single, plural, Latinate (meaning ending in -ata or otherwise sounding official or bureaucratic) which means "stuff you shouldn't have"?

Something that would fit into this blank:

In the wake of the bust, the police confiscated the rival gangs' ________, including three kilograms of cocaine, a trunk full of marijuana, six fully automatic assault rifles, a bandolier of grenades, ten assorted illegal stiletto knives, and several lewd pictures of kittens.

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    Maybe just contraband? – Nick May 2 '16 at 16:44
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    I'll put up contraband in an hour or two though. – Nick May 2 '16 at 16:48
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    @Nick I can barely conjugate in English. That said, the root wouldn't be to steal (see my earlier comment directed at P. Obertelli), it would have to cover things like mom finding old girly mags in her son's mattress (which he bought with good money). – Dan Bron May 2 '16 at 16:48
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    @PapaPoule I think instead of convincing the Latin world to term unregistered migrants "inlegalisii", we should get them to call them Goths! – Dan Bron May 2 '16 at 18:37
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    @tchrist I had actually wondered about that, but was too lazy to check. Is one hole in one hand still a "stigmata"? – Dan Bron May 2 '16 at 20:43

As user @Nick offered in a comment:

The word contraband, reported in English since 1529, from Medieval French contrebande "a smuggling," denotes any item which, relating to its nature, is illegal to be possessed or sold. –Wiki

  • "(usually uncountable, plural contrabands)" –Wiktionary – Mazura May 4 '16 at 4:06

Lots of comments but no answers, so I'll take a shot.


Plural neuter accusative of illicitus: forbidden, unlawful, illegal, illicit



  1. plunder, spoils of war, booty
  2. prey, game taken in the hunt
  3. gain, profit
  • Nice. If you can dig up any evidence of illicita being un-self-consciously used in an English text, or listed in a (professional) dictionary, I'll accept this answer. – Dan Bron May 4 '16 at 12:03

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