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[noh-vee-nuh, nuh-] /noʊˈvi nə, nə-/

noun, plural novenae
[noh-vee-nee, nuh-] /noʊˈvi ni, nə-/ (Show IPA), novenas. Roman Catholic Church.
a devotion consisting of nine separate days of prayers or services.
noun (pl) -nas, -nae (-niː)
(RC Church) a devotion consisting of prayers or services on nine consecutive days

1745, from Medieval Latin novena, fem. of Latin novenus “ninefold,” from novem “nine” (see nine). Devotions consisting of special prayers or services on nine successive days.


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