plural noun peri·oe·ci \ˌperēˈēˌsī\

Definition of perioeci

  1. 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. 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




\-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 — more at vicinity

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