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aerarium

[ee-rair-ee-uh m] /iˈrɛər i əm/
noun, plural aeraria
[ee-rair-ee-uh] /iˈrɛər i ə/ (Show IPA)
1.
the state treasury in ancient Rome.
Origin of aerarium
< Latin, equivalent to aer- (stem of aes bronze, money) + -ārium -ary
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  • Deinde Scipioni Africano duo tribuni plebis diem dixerunt, quod praeda ex Antiocho capta aerarium fraudasset.

    Selections from Viri Romae Charles Franois L'Homond
  • We are reminded of the temple of Saturn in the Forum at Rome, the podium of which served as a treasury, aerarium.

  • Dr. Bull's aerarium is another device similar to a window tent.

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