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retiarius

Syllabification: re·ti·ar·i·us
Pronunciation: /ˌrēSHēˈerēəs
 
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Definition of retiarius in English:

noun (plural retiarii /-ˈe(ə)rēˌē, -ēˌī/)

An ancient Roman gladiator armed with a net and a spear.
Example sentences
  • As the retiarius advanced, leading with his left shoulder and wielding the trident in his right hand, his shoulder-guard prevented his opponent from striking the vulnerable area of his neck and face.
  • ‘The retiarius was the ‘fisherman,’ who fought with a net, a gladius, and a trident [and was] protected with just a small shoulder shield,’ Kanz said.

Origin

Latin, from rete 'net'.

Words that rhyme with retiarius

Mariuspancreas

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