arval

noun
ar·​val
variants: or less commonly arvel \ ˈärvəl \
plural -s

Definition of arval

 (Entry 1 of 2)

dialectal, British
: a funeral feast

Arval

adjective
Ar·​val | \ " \

Definition of Arval (Entry 2 of 2)

: relating to a body of ancient Roman priests who presided over an annual fertility festival in May

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History and Etymology for arval

Noun

Middle English arvell, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse erfiöl funeral feast, from erfi inheritance, funeral feast + öl ale, drinking bout, banquet; akin to Old Norse arfi inheritance

Adjective

Latin arvalis, literally, of a cultivated field, from arvum cultivated field + -alis -al

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“Arval.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/arval. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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