Penates

Penates

[puh-ney-teez, -nah-]
plural noun Roman Religion.
gods who watched over the home or community to which they belonged: originally, two deities of the storeroom.
Also, penates.
Compare Lares.


Origin:
1505–15; < Latin Penātēs, akin to penus stock of provisions

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penates (pəˈnɑːtiːz)
 
pl n
See lares and penates
 
[Latin]

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penates
Roman household gods, 1513, from L. penates "gods of the inside of the house," related to penatus "sanctuary of a temple" (especially that of Vesta), cognate with penitus "within" (see penetrate).
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