an·​ci·​le | \ äŋˈkēˌlā, anˈsīlē \
plural ancilia\ äŋˈkilēə , anˈsi-​ \

Definition of ancile

: any of 12 sacred shields of the ancient Romans that were thought to guarantee the preservation of the city

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First Known Use of ancile

1579, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ancile

Latin, probably from ancidere to cut around, from an- (variant of ambi- around) + -cidere (from caedere to cut)

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“Ancile.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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