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Hilaria

noun Hi·lar·ia \ hə̇ˈla(a)rēə , hīˈ- \

Definition of Hilaria

plural -s
: an imperial Roman festival of the cult of Cybele held on the vernal equinox to celebrate the renewal of life on earth in the spring symbolized by the resurrection of the god Attis

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Origin and Etymology of hilaria

Latin, from neuter plural of hilaris


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Hilaria

noun \ " \

Definition of Hilaria

: a small genus of grasses of the southwestern U.S. and Mexico having a terminal spike with the spikelets in threes — see curly mesquite

Origin and Etymology of hilaria

New Latin, irregular from Auguste de Saint-Hilaire †1853 French botanist + New Latin -ia


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