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penetralia

[ pen-i-trey-lee-uh ]
/ ˌpɛn ɪˈtreɪ li ə /
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plural noun

the innermost parts or recesses of a place or thing.
the most private or secret things.

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Origin of penetralia

1660–70; <Latin, noun use of neuter plural of penetrālis inner, equivalent to penetr(āre) to penetrate + -ālis-al1

OTHER WORDS FROM penetralia

pen·e·tra·li·an, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for penetralia

penetralia
/ (ˌpɛnɪˈtreɪlɪə) /

pl n

the innermost parts
secret matters

Derived forms of penetralia

penetralian, adjective

Word Origin for penetralia

C17: from Latin, from penetrālis inner, from penetrāre to penetrate
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