noun an·ci·le \äŋˈkēˌlā, anˈsīlē\

Definition of ancile



\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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a trip made at another's expense

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