ancile

noun an·ci·le \äŋˈkēˌlā, anˈsīlē\

Definition of ancile

plural

ancilia

\äŋˈkilēə, anˈsi-\
  1. :  any of 12 sacred shields of the ancient Romans that were thought to guarantee the preservation of the city

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Origin and Etymology of ancile

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


First Known Use: 1579


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