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a mensa et thoro

[ey men-suh et thawr-oh, thohr-oh]
adjective Law.
  1. pertaining to or noting a divorce that forbids spouses to live together but does not dissolve the marriage bond.
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Origin of a mensa et thoro

1590–1600; < Latin: literally, from board and bed. See mensal2, torus
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British Dictionary definitions for a mensa et thoro

a mensa et thoro

adjective
  1. law denoting or relating to a form of divorce in which the parties remain married but do not cohabit: abolished in England in 1857
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Word Origin

Latin: from table and bed
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