lectisternium

noun lec·ti·ster·ni·um \ ˌlektəˈstərnēəm \

Definition of lectisternium

plural lectisterniums \-ēəmz\ or lectisternia \-ēə\
: a religious rite of ancient Greece and Rome marked by the placing of images of gods on couches and the spreading of food before them

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Origin and Etymology of lectisternium

Latin, from lectus couch + -i- + -sternium (from sternere to spread)


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