primipilar

adjective
pri·​mip·​i·​lar | \ (ˈ)prī¦mipələ(r), ¦prīmə̇¦pīlə(r) \

Definition of primipilar

: of, relating to, or constituting the chief centurion of the third division of a Roman legion

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History and Etymology for primipilar

Latin primipilaris, from primipilus chief centurion of the third division (from primus first + pilus division of the third division—from pilum javelin, pestle, javelin of the Roman infantry—after the phrase primi pili (centurio) centurion of the third division) + -aris -ar

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“Primipilar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/primipilar. Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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