flamen

[ fley-muh n, -men ]
/ ˈfleɪ mən, -mɛn /

noun, plural fla·mens, fla·mi·nes [flam-uh-neez] /ˈflæm əˌniz/.

(in ancient Rome) a priest.

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Origin of flamen

1300–50; < Latin flamen (perhaps earlier *flādmen; akin to Old English blōtan to sacrifice); replacing Middle English flamin < Latin flāmin- (stem of flāmen)
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flamen
/ (ˈfleɪmɛn) /

noun plural flamens or flamines (ˈflæmɪˌniːz)

(in ancient Rome) any of 15 priests who each served a particular deity

Word Origin for flamen

C14: from Latin; probably related to Old English blōtan to sacrifice, Gothic blotan to worship
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