Lupercalia

noun
Lu·​per·​ca·​lia | \ ˌlü-pər-ˈkā-lē-ə How to pronounce Lupercalia (audio) , -ˈkāl-yə \

Definition of Lupercalia

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

Other Words from Lupercalia

Lupercalian \ ˌlü-​pər-​ˈkā-​lē-​ən How to pronounce Lupercalian (audio) , -​ˈkāl-​yən \ adjective

First Known Use of Lupercalia

circa 1580, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Lupercalia

Latin, plural, from Lupercus, god of flocks

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“Lupercalia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Lupercalia. Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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