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Lupercalia

Syllabification: Lu·per·ca·li·a
Pronunciation: /ˌlo͞opərˈkālyə
 
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(also in singularLupercal /ˈlo͞opərˌkal/)

Definition of Lupercalia in English:

plural noun

[usually treated as singular]
An ancient Roman festival of purification and fertility, held annually on February 15.
Example sentences
  • Valentine's Day has its origins in the ancient Roman feast of Lupercalia, an annual festival held on Feb.15 to help keep dangerous wolves away from townspeople and their crops.
  • However, the customs connected with the day also probably derive from an ancient Roman festival called Lupercalia, which took place every February 15.
  • February 15 was the date of the Roman festival of Lupercalia - the Wolf - where young men held a lottery to decide which girl would be theirs.

Origin

Latin, neuter plural of lupercalis 'relating to Lupercus', Roman equivalent of the Greek god Pan.

Derivatives

Lupercalian

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • Anyway, it seems the Lupercalian festival changed as the Romans moved north into France and Britain.
  • It became associated with Lupercalian festivals and, as a result, was condemned by the early Christian Church.
  • The date fell during the Roman Lupercalian celebrations, which were associated with fertility and sexuality.

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