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or pe·na·tes

[puh-ney-teez, -nah-]
plural noun Roman Religion.
  1. gods who watched over the home or community to which they belonged: originally, two deities of the storeroom.
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Origin of Penates

1505–15; < Latin Penātēs, akin to penus stock of provisions
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pl n
  1. See lares and penates
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Word Origin for penates

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Word Origin and History for penates


Roman household gods, 1510s, from Latin penates "gods of the inside of the house," related to penatus "sanctuary of a temple" (especially that of Vesta), cognate with penitus "within" (see penetrate).

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