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Friday, September 01, 2017

Definitions for septenary

  1. of or relating to the number seven or forming a group of seven.
  2. septennial.
  3. a group or set of seven.

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Citations for septenary
If she believes that Wiggins with his septenary names is ordained by the seven original pleiades to marry your daughter Cecilia, I should think that by the same token she would have sought a man rejoicing in the noble name of Septimus. Meredith Nicholson, The Siege of the Seven Suitors, 1910
The spears with which the Bashmourite armed his fighting men were referred to as 'septenary spears' based on the fact that the blade, which was the same width as the blade of a sword, was three cubits long, while the handle was four cubits long. Salwa Bakr, The Man from Bashmour, translated by Nancy Roberts, 2007
Origin of septenary
In Latin, the adjective septēnārius “consisting of seven,” a derivative of septem “seven,” has limited use: numerus septēnārius means “the number seven.” Its “least uncommon” usage is versus septēnārius “seven-part verse, septenarius,” for a verse form in Latin comedy. In English septenary is of limited use as well: it has been applied to the seven sacraments of the Christian church, the seven days of the week, and, in music, the seven notes of the diatonic scale. Septenary entered English in the 16th century.