noun (1)
Hi·​lar·​ia | \ hə̇ˈla(a)rēə, hīˈ- \
plural -s

Definition of Hilaria

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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


noun (2)
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Definition of Hilaria (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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History and Etymology for Hilaria

Noun (1)

Latin, from neuter plural of hilaris

Noun (2)

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

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“Hilaria.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Hilaria. Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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