Quad·​ra·​ges·​i·​ma | \ ˌkwädrəˈjesəmə, -jāzəmə sometimes ˌkwȯd- \
plural -s

Definition of Quadragesima

1 or Quadragesima Sunday : the first Sunday in Lent
2 : the 40 days of Lent

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History and Etymology for Quadragesima

Late Latin, Lent, first Sunday in Lent, from Latin, feminine of quadragesimus fortieth, from quadraginta forty, from quadra- (akin to Latin quattuor four) + -ginta (akin to Latin -ginti in viginti twenty)

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“Quadragesima.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Quadragesima. Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

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