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[doo-uhm-ver, dyoo-] /duˈʌm vər, dyu-/
noun, plural duumvirs, duumviri
[doo-uhm-vuh-rahy] /duˈʌm vəˌraɪ/ (Show IPA).
Roman History.
one of two officers or magistrates jointly exercising the same public function.
Origin of duumvir
1590-1600; < Latin, back formation from duumvirōrum, genitive plural of duovirī two men, equivalent to duo- duo- + virī, plural of vir man, cognate with Old English wer (see werewolf) Unabridged
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noun (pl) -virs, -viri (-vɪˌriː)
(Roman history) one of two coequal magistrates or officers
either of two men who exercise a joint authority
Word Origin
C16: from Latin, from duo two + vir man
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