Lupercalia

[ loo-per-key-lee-uh, ‐keyl-yuh ]
/ ˌlu pərˈkeɪ li ə, ‐ˈkeɪl yə /
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noun, plural Lu·per·ca·li·a, Lu·per·ca·li·as.

a festival held in ancient Rome on the 15th of February to promote fertility and ward off disasters.
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Lupercalia

/ (ˌluːpɜːˈkeɪlɪə) /

noun plural -lia or -lias

an ancient Roman festival of fertility, celebrated annually on Feb 15See also Saint Valentine's Day
Derived FormsLupercalian, adjective

Word Origin for Lupercalia

Latin, from Lupercālis belonging to Lupercus, a Roman god of the flocks
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Lupercalia


n.

Roman festival held Feb. 15, in honor of Lupercus, god (identified with Lycean Pan) who had a grotto at the foot of the Palatine Hill, from Latin Lupercalia (plural), from Lupercalis "pertaining to Lupercus," whose name derives from lupus "wolf" (see wolf (n.)).

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