noun co·lo·nus \kə-ˈlō-nəs\
plural co·lo·ni\-ˌnī, -(ˌ)nē\

Definition of COLONUS

:  a tenant farmer in the later Roman Empire who was bound to the land and obliged to pay a rent usually in produce

Origin of COLONUS

Latin, literally, farmer
First Known Use: 1857


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