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ancilla

[ an-sil-uh ]
/ ænˈsɪl ə /
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noun, plural an·cil·las.
an accessory; auxiliary or adjunct.
Archaic. a maidservant.
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Origin of ancilla

First recorded in 1870–75; from Latin: literally, “handmaid,” diminutive of ancula “maid,” from unrecorded anquola, equivalent to an-, a variant of ambi- “around” + -quola, noun derivative of the root kwel-, kwol- “turn about,” hence “one who circles around”; cognate with Greek amphípolos “attendant”; see origin at ambi-, amphi-, ancile
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