Lu·​per·​ca·​lia ˌlü-pər-ˈkā-lē-ə How to pronounce Lupercalia (audio)
: an ancient Roman festival celebrated February 15 to ensure fertility for the people, fields, and flocks
Lupercalian adjective

Word History


Latin, plural, from Lupercus, god of flocks

First Known Use

circa 1580, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Lupercalia was circa 1580

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“Lupercalia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jun. 2023.

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