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lares and penates

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plural noun
  1. Lares and Penates, Roman Religion. the benevolent spirits and gods of the household.
  2. the cherished possessions of a family or household.

Origin of lares and penates

1765–75; < Latin Larēs (et) Penātēs
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British Dictionary definitions for lares and penates

lares and penates

pl n
  1. Roman myth
    1. household gods
    2. statues of these gods kept in the home
  2. the valued possessions of a household

Word Origin

Latin
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