arval

noun ar·val \ˈärvəl\
variants: less commonly

arvel

\ˈärvəl\

Definition of arval

plural

-s

dialectal, British

  1. :  a funeral feast

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Origin and Etymology of arval

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 — more at orphan, ale


Arval

adjective Ar·val \"\

Definition of Arval

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

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Origin and Etymology of arval

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


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