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Sunday, December 07, 2014

Definitions for famulus

  1. a servant or attendant, especially of a scholar or a magician.

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Citations for famulus
Pour, pour yet, / My Famulus — pour with free arm-sweep still, / And when the wine is running o'er the brim, / Sparkling with golden bubbles in the sun, / I will stoop down and drink the full great draught… Robert Williams Buchanan, The Drama of Kings, 1871
The sources from which these accounts are taken consist of masonic manuscripts, but more especially of a diary kept by a certain James Kammerer, who acted in the capacity of butler and famulus to the count. W. Somerset Maugham, The Magician, 1908
Origin of famulus
1830-1840
Famulus entered English in the 1830s from the Latin word of the same spelling meaning "servant, slave."