septenary

noun
sep·​tenary | \ sepˈtenərē, ˈseptəˌnerē, sepˈtēnərē \
plural -es

Definition of septenary

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 archaic : a group or set of seven specifically : septennium
2 : a fourteener (as the trochaic tetrameter catalectic in medieval Latin verse, the iambic verse of seven and a half feet of Middle English poetry) often printed in two lines

called also septenar, septenarius

septenary

adjective
sep·​tenary | \ (ˈ)sep¦tenərē, ˈseptəˌnerē, (ˈ)sep¦tēnərē \

Definition of septenary (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : of or relating to the number seven or to a septenary
2 : septuple

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History and Etymology for septenary

Noun

Latin septenarius, from septenarius of or relating to seven

Adjective

Latin septenarius, from septeni seven each, seven (from septem seven) + -arius -ary

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“Septenary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/septenary. Accessed 16 Oct. 2021.

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