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[loo-per-key-lee-uh, ‐keyl-yuh]
noun, plural Lu·per·ca·li·a, Lu·per·ca·li·as.
  1. a festival held in ancient Rome on the 15th of February to promote fertility and ward off disasters.
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Historical Examples

  • The ritual of the Lupercalia is almost a solitary exception.

    The Religious Experience of the Roman People

    W. Warde Fowler

  • To these belonged the Lupercalia, Carmentalia, and Agonalia.

  • The final attempt was made at the Lupercalia on the 15th of February.

  • He is trying to discover the meaning of the practices of the Lupercalia at Rome.

    Modern Mythology

    Andrew Lang

  • It has long been clear to me that any attempt to explain the details of the Lupercalia on a single hypothesis must be a failure.

British Dictionary definitions for lupercalia


noun plural -lia or -lias
  1. an ancient Roman festival of fertility, celebrated annually on Feb 15See also Saint Valentine's Day
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Derived FormsLupercalian, adjective

Word Origin

Latin, from Lupercālis belonging to Lupercus, a Roman god of the flocks
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Word Origin and History for lupercalia



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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