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penates

Syllabification: pe·na·tes
Pronunciation: /pəˈnātēz, -ˈnä-
 
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Definition of penates in English:

plural noun

Roman History
Household gods worshiped in conjunction with Vesta and the lares by the ancient Romans.
Example sentences
  • Penates were also said to protect the interests of the state and of the peoples.

Origin

Latin, from penus 'provision of food'; related to penes 'within'.

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