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noun, plural sep·te·nar·ies.
  1. a group or set of seven.
  2. a period of seven years.
  3. the number seven.
  4. Prosody. a line of seven feet.

Origin of septenary

1570–80; < Latin septēnārius, equivalent to septēn(ī) seven each (sept(em) seven + -ēnī distributive suffix) + -ārius -ary Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. of or relating to the number seven
  2. forming a group of seven
  3. another word for septennial
noun plural -naries
  1. the number seven
  2. a group of seven things
  3. a period of seven years
  4. prosody a line of seven metrical feet

Word Origin for septenary

C16: from Latin septēnārius, from septēnī seven each, from septem seven
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