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retiarius

[ ree-shee-air-ee-uhs ]
/ ˌri ʃiˈɛər i əs /
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noun, plural re·ti·ar·i·i [ree-shee-air-ee-ahy, -air-ee-ee]. /ˌri ʃiˈɛər iˌaɪ, -ˈɛər iˌi/. Roman History.

a gladiator equipped with a net for casting over his opponent.

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Origin of retiarius

First recorded in 1590–1600; from Latin rēte “net” + -i-, connecting vowel + -ārius, noun suffix; see origin at rete, -i- -ary
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British Dictionary definitions for retiarius

retiarius
/ (ˌriːtɪˈɛərɪəs, ˌriːʃɪ-) /

noun plural -arii (-ˈɛərɪˌaɪ)

(in ancient Rome) a gladiator armed with a net and trident

Word Origin for retiarius

Latin, from rēte net
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