perioeci

plural noun peri·oe·ci \ ˌperēˈēˌsī \

Definition of perioeci

1 : those who live on the same parallel of latitude but on opposite meridians so that it is noon in one place when it is midnight in the other — compare antoeci
2 usually capitalized : free citizens without political rights constituting the subject class of ancient Sparta who carried on the trade and industry of the country and served in the armed forces — compare helot 1, spartiate

perioecic

or perioecid \-sə̇d\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of perioeci

New Latin, from Greek perioikoi, literally, neighbors, from plural of perioikos neighboring, from peri- + oikos dwelling, house


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