noun, plural ancillas.
an accessory; auxiliary or adjunct.
Archaic. a maidservant.
female slave, maid, probably anc-
diminutive suffix, by reanalysis of ancula
maid < *anquola,
equivalent to an-
) + *-quola,
noun derivative of a v. base *quel-
turn about, hence “one who circles around”; cognate with Greek amphípolos