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[pahr-see, -kahy]
plural noun, singular Par·ca [pahr-kuh] /ˈpɑr kə/.
  1. the three Fates of ancient Rome, developed out of the goddess Parca by identification with the Moerae of Greek mythology.
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  1. an ancient Roman goddess of childbirth and destiny.Compare Parcae.
  2. any one of the Parcae.
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Examples from the Web for parcae

Historical Examples

  • Pluto was perplexed; his confidence in the Parcae was shaken.

    The Infernal Marriage

    Benjamin Disraeli

  • The Parcae and the Erinnyes figured as dark angels of Destiny.

    Essays in the Study of Folk-Songs (1886)

    Countess Evelyn Martinengo-Cesaresco

  • Have the Parcae fallen asleep, because you wanted to make money in the City?

    Latter-Day Pamphlets

    Thomas Carlyle

  • In the meantime with shaking bodies and infirm gesture the Parcae began to intone their veridical chant.

  • With such soothsaying songs of yore did the Parcae chant from divine breast the felicitous fate of Peleus.

British Dictionary definitions for parcae


pl n singular Parca (ˈpɑːkə)
  1. the Parcae the Roman goddesses of fateGreek counterparts: the Moirai
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