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[duh-loo-bruh m] /dəˈlu brəm/
noun, plural delubra
[duh-loo-bruh] /dəˈlu brə/ (Show IPA)
(in ancient Rome) a temple, shrine, or sanctuary.
Origin of delubrum
1655-65; < Latin dēlūbrum, apparently equivalent to dēlu(ere) to wash off (dē- de- + -luere, combining form of lavere to wash) + -brum instrumental suffix Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • A delubrum was an isolated building, surrounded with an area, dedicated to religious purposes.

    Rambles in Rome S. Russell Forbes

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