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realia

[ ree-ey-lee-uh, -al-ee-uh, rey-ah-lee-uh ]
/ riˈeɪ li ə, -ˈæl i ə, reɪˈɑ li ə /
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plural noun

Education. objects, as coins, tools, etc., used by a teacher to illustrate everyday living.
Philosophy. things that are real.

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Origin of realia

1945–50; <Late Latin reālia real (things), neuter plural of reālis;see real1
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realia
/ (rɪˈeɪlɪə) /

pl n

real-life facts and material used in teaching

Word Origin for realia

C20: from neuter pl of Late Latin reālis; see real 1
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