fasces

[ fas-eez ]
/ ˈfæs iz /

noun (usually used with a singular verb)

a bundle of rods containing an ax with the blade projecting, borne before Roman magistrates as an emblem of official power.

Origin of fasces

1590–1600; < Latin, plural of fascis bundle, pack
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fasces

/ (ˈfæsiːz) /

pl n singular -cis (-sɪs)

(in ancient Rome) one or more bundles of rods containing an axe with its blade protruding; a symbol of a magistrate's power
(in modern Italy) such an object used as the symbol of Fascism

Word Origin for fasces

C16: from Latin, plural of fascis bundle
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