Flamen



[fley-muh n, -men] /ˈfleɪ mən, -mɛn/

noun, plural flamens, flamines
[flam-uh-neez] /ˈflæm əˌniz/ (Show IPA)
1.
(in ancient Rome) a priest.
/ˈfleɪmɛn/
noun (pl) flamens, flamines (ˈflæmɪˌniːz)
1.
(in ancient Rome) any of 15 priests who each served a particular deity
n.

“ancient Roman priest,” 1530s, from Latin flamen, of unknown origin, perhaps from PIE root *bhlad- “to worship” (cf. Gothic blotan, Old English blotan “to sacrifice”). Also used from early 14c. in reference to the ancient pre-Christian British priests, in imitation of Geoffrey of Monmouth.

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