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Lupercalia

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noun Lu·per·ca·lia \ˌlü-pər-ˈkā-lē-ə, -ˈkāl-yə\

Definition of Lupercalia

  1. :  an ancient Roman festival celebrated February 15 to ensure fertility for the people, fields, and flocks

Lupercalian play \-ˈkā-lē-ən, -ˈkāl-yən\ adjective


Origin of lupercalia

Latin, plural, from Lupercus, god of flocks


First Known Use: circa 1580


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