four wise and prophetic deities or fountain nymphs: Carmenta, Egeria, Antevorta, and Postvorta; later identified with the Greek Muses.
plural noun
(Roman myth) a group of nymphs originally associated with a sacred spring in Rome, later identified with the Greek Muses


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