perioeci

plural noun

peri·​oe·​ci
ˌperēˈēˌsī
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 sense 1, spartiate
perioecic
¦⸗⸗¦ēsik
adjective
or perioecid
-sə̇d

Word History

Etymology

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

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“Perioeci.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/perioeci. Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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